Coupling technology and organizational dynamics to induce energy efficient behavior
DESCRIPTION: This research involves developing a model and user interface to share information about building energy use in a multi-family residential building. The toolkit was implemented in a pilot study across the building to examine energy use consequences of different information sharing approaches.
OUTCOMES: We found that coupling energy use with occupants resulted in substantial savings in energy use (27.3%). However, toward the end of the study the majority of the participants exhibited a relapse in conservation behavior. The group that exhibited a statistically robust response and reduced consumption the most was the group exposed to peer utilization data