Electric Usage Information And Public And Private Incentives: A Pilot Project

Date Added: Jun 2010
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Residential and commercial buildings collectively accounts for over two-thirds of electricity usage (EPA 2010, EIA 2010). While current research indicates that behavioral changes induced by detailed feedback to consumers about their energy usage can greatly reduce residential energy consumption, more rigorous, long-term studies are required to determine how energy consumption feedback can be used as an effective tool for energy conservation. In this report the authors present an experiment where they implement electricity monitoring technologies, private real-time information displays, public information posting, and incentive programs in a sample group of rooms in UCLA residence halls.