An Experimental Research Design for Evaluating Energy Feedback

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Abstract

The role of digital energy feedback technologies in encouraging and supporting behaviour change is the subject of substantial current research effort. Effective evaluation of such technologies is an essential but challenging process for generating new knowledge in the field about what effects interventions have, and why. This paper describes the research design for the IDEAL project, a UK EPSRC-funded project developing and testing an innovative system to provide domestic energy feedback, tailored to the energy practices of each household, via a tablet computer. The paper highlights our experiences with the complexities of designing experimental interventions tested in real-world settings (i.e. actual households) over extended periods of time. We focus on those aspects of design which offer potential insights for similar projects, current and future. Our central conclusion is that for this kind of study, it is necessary to investigate the co-production of technological components and social processes in addition to measuring specific changes in domestic energy use.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe 4th European Conference on Behaviour and Energy Efficiency (Behave 2016)
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 9 Sep 2016
Event4th European Conference on Behaviour and Energy Efficiency - Coimbra, Portugal
Duration: 8 Sep 20169 Sep 2016
http://www.uc.pt/en/org/inescc/org_scientific_events/behave2016

Conference

Conference4th European Conference on Behaviour and Energy Efficiency
Abbreviated titleBehave 2016
CountryPortugal
CityCoimbra
Period8/09/169/09/16
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