The effectiveness of energy feedback for conservation and peak demand : a literature review

Vine, Desley, Buys, Laurie, & Morris, Peter (2013) The effectiveness of energy feedback for conservation and peak demand : a literature review. Open Journal of Energy Efficiency, 2(1), pp. 7-15.

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Abstract

This paper reviews electricity consumption feedback literature to explore the potential of electricity feedback to affect residential consumers’ electricity usage patterns. The review highlights a substantial amount of literature covering the debate over the effectiveness of different feedback criteria to residential customer acceptance and overall conservation and peak demand reduction. Researchers studying the effects of feedback on everyday energy use have observed substantial variation in effect size, both within and between studies. Although researchers still continue to question the types of feedback that are most effective in encouraging conservation and peak load reduction, some trends have emerged. These include that feedback be received as quickly as possible to the time of consumption; be related to a standard; be clear and meaningful and where possible both direct and indirect feedback be customised to the customer. In general, the literature finds that feedback can reduce electricity consumption in homes by 5 to 20 per cent, but that significant gaps remain in our knowledge of the effectiveness and cost benefit of feedback.

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ID Code: 58017
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: electricity, energy conservation, feedback, residential
DOI: 10.4236/ojee.2013.21002
ISSN: 2169-2637
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING (090600)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 SciRes.
Deposited On: 11 Mar 2013 01:06
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2013 14:08

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