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Energy Usage Behaviour: Optimizing Information Intervention Design

Threats to energy systems, such as issues of energy resource scarcity and depletion, as well as the negative impacts of human energy activities on the environment have led to a surge in the level of attention and public awareness with regards to energy conservation. Cognizant of this looming problem, a large and burgeoning body of research seeks to address energy conservation. While advances in technology are intuitively integral, changes in behaviours towards more a sustainable direction are arguably just as necessary. To date, numerous factors, models, theories and intervention approaches across various disciplines have been identified, proposed and examined to influence energy consumption and conservation behaviours by the extant literature. Eminently, the use of information strategies is widely cited as a means to address these issues. However, despite numerous studies spanning several decades, existing issues within the literature (i.e. pertaining to methodology, implementation and scope) still persist, hampering efforts to understand and address the issue of energy behaviour conservation.

This research aims to examine these identified issues within the context of an information-based behavioural intervention – a focus chosen primarily due to the widely used, but still poorly understood nature of this approach within literature. This research also aims to examine the effects of energy information feedback (i.e. utilities billing) on cognitive perception and subsequent energy consumption behaviour. To achieve our research aims, we aim to investigate the role and relationships of design aesthetics, socio- and psychological factors that are proposed to be influential on perception and behaviour.

Kim Loong Lim
Future Resilient Systems (Singapore-ETH centre)

Georgios Christopoulos

Renate Schubert


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