Energy Efficiency

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 387–405 | Cite as

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

  • Colin McKerracherEmail author
  • Jacopo Torriti
Original Article


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.


Electricity consumption In-home displays Real-time feedback Smart meters 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Bloomberg New Energy FinanceLondonUK
  2. 2.School of Construction Management and EngineeringUniversity of ReadingReadingUK

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