Use Case 1: Estimate the importance of consumption feedback in residential users

Rationale

Energy feedback is primarily a human related task and thus, EVIDENT employs user-centered approaches. The research community has currently reached a partial consensus on a set of basic interactions that are generally successful in promoting reductions in energy consumption via consumption feedback methods. These methods include:

Goal setting interfaces

Interfaces based on users’ desire of fulfilling a given objective, either induced by the interface or self imposed by home residents.

In-home displays

Timely updated in-home displays (IHDs) showing the home current energy consumption.

Direct feedback

Showing how home consumption evolves over time and highlighting temporal correlations.

Goal setting interfaces

Interfaces based on users’ desire of fulfilling a given objective, either induced by the interface or self imposed by home inhabitants.

Direct feedback

Timely updated in home displays (IHDs) showing the home current energy consumption.

Timely updated in home displays (IHDs) showing the home current energy consumption.

Showing how home consumption evolves over time and highlighting temporal correlations.

Use case 1 primary aim is to help households save energy and money through zero-cost innervations introducing mechanisms such as consumption feedback to provide information about historical data on energy consumption, and personalized energy conservation tips in a simplified manner. Mechanisms such as Home Energy Reports and digital platforms are employed to achieve the previous goals.

Rationale

Goal setting interfaces

Interfaces based on users’ desire of fulfilling a given objective, either induced by the interface or self imposed by home inhabitants.

Direct feedback

Timely updated in home displays (IHDs) showing the home current energy consumption.

Timely updated in home displays (IHDs) showing the home current energy consumption.

Showing how home consumption evolves over time and highlighting temporal correlations.

Energy feedback is primarily a human related task and thus, EVIDENT employs user-centered approaches. The research community has currently reached a partial consensus on a set of basic interactions that are generally successful in promoting reductions in energy consumption via consumption feedback methods. These methods include:

Goal setting interfaces

Interfaces based on users’ desire of fulfilling a given objective, either induced by the interface or self imposed by home inhabitants.

In-home dispalys

Timely updated in-home displays (IHDs) showing the home current energy consumption.

Direct feedback

Showing how home consumption evolves over time and highlighting temporal correlations.

Use case 1 primary aim is to help households save energy and money through zero-cost innervations introducing mechanisms such as consumption feedback to provide information about historical data on energy consumption, and personalized energy conservation tips in a simplified manner. Mechanisms such as Home Energy Reports and digital platforms are employed to achieve the previous goals.

Research Questions

Design & Impact

Using data from the two energy companies participating in the EVIDENT project, we will design and implement two field experiments. In these experiments, some consumers will be randomly assigned to the treatment group receiving information about their energy consumption in a simplified manner, while the control group won’t. Results are expected to show that direct energy feedback provided by informational materials or digital platforms encourages people to use energy more efficiently and thus reduce their consumption. On average, the expected energy reduction is around 4-7%, while the participant’s number is expected to exceed 10,000 consumers.

Key Performance Indicators

Design & Impact

Using data from the two energy companies participating in the EVIDENT project, we will design and implement two field experiments. In these experiments, some consumers will be randomly assigned to the treatment group receiving information about their energy consumption in a simplified manner, while the control group won’t. Results are expected to show that direct energy feedback provided by informational materials or digital platforms encourages people to use energy more efficiently and thus reduce their consumption. On average, the expected energy reduction is around 4-7%, while the participant’s number is expected to exceed 10,000 consumers.

Key Performance Indicators