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Energy consumption feedback in perspective: integrating Australian data to meta-analyses on in home displays

McKerracher, C. and Torriti, J. (2013) Energy consumption feedback in perspective: integrating Australian data to meta-analyses on in home displays. Energy Efficiency, 6 (2). pp. 387-405. ISSN 1570-646X

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To link to this article DOI: 10.1007/s12053-012-9169-3

Abstract/Summary

Providing homeowners with real-time feedback on their electricity consumption through a dedicated display device has been shown to reduce consumption by approximately 6-10%. However, recent advances in smart grid technology have enabled larger sample sizes and more representative sample selection and recruitment methods for display trials. By analyzing these factors using data from current studies, this paper argues that a realistic, large-scale conservation effect from feedback is in the range of 3-5%. Subsequent analysis shows that providing real-time feedback may not be a cost effective strategy for reducing carbon emissions in Australia, but that it may enable additional benefits such as customer retention and peak-load shift.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of Construction Management and Engineering > Innovative and Sustainable Technologies
Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Energy Research
ID Code:28499
Uncontrolled Keywords:Electricity consumption – In-home displays – Real-time feedback – Smart meters
Publisher:Springer

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