Date Added: Dec 2011
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) recently became to be seen as an instrument with huge potential to improve energy efficiency in several sectors. For instance, recent studies have shown that modern sensing and communication systems can help in detecting inefficient use of household appliances. Providing this information to the occupants of the households makes them aware of their electricity consumption footprint and often willing to change their utilization patterns. Involving users in energy savings decisions, however, also has drawbacks. In particular, long-term user participation is hard to achieve unless durable incentives, like significant monetary savings, can be provided. Also, improper user actions may hamper the achievable energy savings.