Effectiveness of a Task-based Residential Energy Efficiency Program in Oahu

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“ Effectiveness of a Task-based Residential Energy Efficiency Program in Oahu” by Hessam Mohammadmoradi, Omprakash Gnawali, David Moss, Rainer Boelzle, Gene Wang. In The Fifth IFIP Conference on Sustainable Internet and ICT for Sustainability (SustainIT'17)., December 2017.

Abstract

Energy wasted through buildings is one of the primary sources of energy wastage and most of the times people are not aware of inefficiencies and energy wastage in their homes. Making people aware about energy wastage in their homes and inefficiencies in their energy consumption behaviors is one of the key activities to save energy. Many energy-saving programs are designed to help people to improve their behavior by providing feedback. The critical factor in the effectiveness of energy saving programs is user engagement. Best energy saving tips will not save noticeable energy if users do not apply them. In this project, we design several energy saving activities considering simplicity as the primary goal. To evaluate the effectiveness of proposed energy saving guidelines, volunteers at Oahu, Hawaii are provided smart meters and are asked to follow proposed activities in their daily life. Evaluation results indicate that the designed program helps users to reduce their bill approximately 2.83% which is comparable with similar programs but the simplicity of our proposed energy saving activities boosted up participation rate to 35%.

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BibTeX entry:

@inproceedings{EA-SustainIT17,
   author = {Hessam Mohammadmoradi, Omprakash Gnawali, David Moss, Rainer Boelzle, Gene Wang},
   title = { Effectiveness of a Task-based Residential Energy Efficiency Program in Oahu},
   booktitle = {The Fifth IFIP Conference on Sustainable Internet and ICT for Sustainability (SustainIT'17).},
   month = { December },
   year = {2017}
}