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Reference Number ES/E017657/1
Title Domestic energy feedback
Status Completed
Energy Categories Energy Efficiency(Residential and commercial) 50%;
Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Environmental, social and economic impacts) 50%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Economics and Econometrics) 10%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Politics and International Studies) 10%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Sociology) 80%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Policy and regulation) 25%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Consumer attitudes and behaviour) 75%;
Principal Investigator Dr SJ (Sarah ) Darby
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Environmental Change Institute
University of Oxford
Award Type Standard
Funding Source ESRC
Start Date 01 April 2007
End Date 31 March 2010
Duration 36 months
Total Grant Value £255,437
Industrial Sectors No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
Region South East
Programme ESRC Energy
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr SJ (Sarah ) Darby , Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford (100.000%)
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Abstract The starting point for this research is the question What do the possibilities for energy feedback in the UK mean from the energy users perspective? Sarah Darby will be taking an interdisciplinary approach, combining qualitative research into how people use feedback (displays and informative bills, with or without smart meters) with quantification of outcomes and participation in the design and testing of feedback systems. Following the 2005 European Directive on end-use efficiency and energy services and the 2006 UK Energy Review, there is a policy focus on feedback as a means of cutting demand for electricity and gas. The research will analyse what is technically possible, economically feasible, effective for energy users and good for the environment, with the emphasis on householder understanding and behaviour. There are three guiding sets of ideas. First, the empirical evidence that feedback can help energy userscontrol their consumption.Second, the educational theory showing how feedback helps people to interpret their environment, adapt to it and shape it. Third, the proposition that energy systems are socio-technical innature, designed by people butalso affecting how they act, individually and socially.
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