Re-materialising energy use through transparent monitoring systems

Jacquelin Burgess, Michael Nye

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This paper reviews the effect of transparent energy monitoring systems on the purchasing, production and energy use behaviour of consumers and producers. Relevant literature is explored on the linkages between feedback, risk and responsibility, knowledge, economic drivers, and sustainable energy consumption. Drawing on international as well as UK-specific experiences, the paper focuses on the prospects for current and future energy monitoring systems to ‘re-materialise’ energy use in economic and environmental terms that are more meaningful, and thus more behaviourally significant, to a substantially wider range of energy users than today's. Appliance labelling, smart metering and carbon footprint analyses are explored as case studies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4454-4459
Number of pages6
JournalEnergy Policy
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2008

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