Advertisement

Personalized Energy Priorities: A User-Centric Application for Energy Advice

  • Rebecca Ford
  • Ondrej Sumavsk
  • Auren Clarke
  • Paul Thorsnes
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8519)

Abstract

This research presents a new web-based application, called Personalised Energy Priorities (PEP), that provides households with personalised and tailored advice on practices or technologies they might adopt to improve the energy efficiency of their home. PEP proceeds in a manner similar to an online energy audit, but combines a user centric design approach with relatively new choice modelling software that allows recommendations to be tailored to individual preferences. The tool also provides links to further information about each energy recommendation, creating a more successful, one-stop-shop for persuasion.

Keywords

energy demand management personalised advice energy efficiency choice modelling 

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

References

  1. 1.
    International Energy Agency (IEA): World Energy Outlook 2006. OECD/IEA, Paris (2006)Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    International Energy Agency (IEA): World Energy Outlook 2009. OECD/IEA, Paris (2009)Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Gardner, G.T., Stern, P.C.: The Short List: The Most Effective Actions U.S. Households Can Take to Curb Climate Change. Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development 50(5), 12–25 (2008)Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Dietz, T., Gardner, G.T., Gilligan, J., Stern, P.C., Vandenbergh, M.P.: Household actions can provide a behavioral wedge to rapidly reduce US carbon emissions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 106(44), 18452–18456 (2009)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. 5.
    Attari, S.Z., DeKay, M.L., Davidson, C.I., Bruine de Bruin, W.: Public perceptions of energy consumption and savings. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 107(37), 16054–16059 (2010)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. 6.
    Benders, R.M., Kok, R., Moll, H.C., Wiersma, G., Noorman, K.J.: New approaches for household energy conservation: In search of personal household energy budgets and energy reduction options. Energy Policy 34(18), 3612–3622 (2006)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. 7.
    Abrahamse, W., Steg, L., Vlek, C., Rothengatter, T.: A review of intervention studies aimed at household energy conservation. Journal of Environmental Psychology 25(3), 273–291 (2005)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. 8.
    Ingle, A., Moezzi, M., Lutzenhiser, L., Diamond, R.: How Well Do Home Energy Audits Serve the Homeowner? In: ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, pp. 2-217–2-229. American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (2012)Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    Lutzenhiser, L.: Social and Behavioral Aspects of Energy Use. Annual Review of Energy and Environment 18, 247–289 (1993)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. 10.
    Lutzenhiser, L., Hu, H., Moezzi, M., Levenda, A., Woods, J.: Lifestyles, Buildings and Technologies: What Matters Most? In: ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, pp. 2-256–2-270. American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (2012)Google Scholar
  11. 11.
    Greening, L.A., Greene, D.L., Difiglio, C.: Energy efficiency and consumption — the rebound effect — a survey. Energy Policy 28, 389–401 (2000)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  12. 12.
    Desmedt, J., Vekemans, G., Maes, D.: Ensuring effectiveness of information to influence household behaviour. Journal of Cleaner Production 17(4), 455–462 (2009)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  13. 13.
    Farsi, M.: Risk aversion and willingness to pay for energy efficient systems in rental apartments. Energy Policy 38(6), 3078–3088 (2010)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  14. 14.
    Thorsnes, P., Barton, B., Carrington, G., Lawson, R., Stephenson, J.: Household preferences of characteristics of space and water heating systems. In: International Association for Energy Economics, Stockholm, Sweden (2011)Google Scholar
  15. 15.
    Magat, W.A., Payne, J.W., Brucato, P.F.: How Important Is Information Format? An Experimental Study of Home Energy Audit Programs. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 6(1), 20–34 (1986)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  16. 16.
    Stern, P.C.: What psychology knows about energy conservation. American Psychologist 47(10), 1224–1232 (1992)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  17. 17.
    Stern, P., Black, J., Elworth, J.: Home energy conservation: programs and strategies for the 1980’s. Institute for Consumer Policy Research, Consumers Union Foundation (1981)Google Scholar
  18. 18.
    Poortinga, W., Steg, L., Vlek, C., Wiersma, G.: Household preferences for energy-saving measures: A conjoint analysis. Journal of Economic Psychology 24, 49–64 (2003)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  19. 19.
    Karlin, B., Davis, N., Sanguinetti, A., Gamble, K., Kirkby, D., Stokols, D.: Dimensions of Conservation: Exploring Differences Among Energy Behaviors. Environment and Behavior (2012), doi:10.1177/0013916512467532CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  20. 20.
    Flora, J., Boudet, H., Roumpani, M., Armel, C., Bhagat, S., Humphreys, E.: Attributes of energy reduction behaviors. Presented at Stanford University Energy Seminar on the ARPA-E Sensor and Behavior Initiative (December 2011)Google Scholar
  21. 21.
    Isaacs, N., Saville-Smith, K., Camilleria, M., Burrough, L.: Energy in New Zealand Houses: Comfort, Physics and Consumptions. Building Research and Information 38(5), 470–480 (2010)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  22. 22.
    Louviere, J.J., Hensher, D.A., Swait, J.D.: Stated choice methods: analysis and applications. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (2000)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  23. 23.
    Hansen, P., Ombler, F.: A new method for scoring multi-attribute value models using pairwise rankings of alternatives. Journal of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis 15, 87–107 (2008)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  24. 24.
    Easton, L., Blackmore, A.: Making Your Home HomeSmart: A Homeowner Manual. Report HR2420/14 for Beacon Pathway LimitedGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rebecca Ford
    • 1
  • Ondrej Sumavsk
    • 2
  • Auren Clarke
    • 2
  • Paul Thorsnes
    • 2
  1. 1.Victoria University of WellingtonNew Zealand
  2. 2.University of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand

Personalised recommendations