Policy recommendations to induce behavioural changes through interactive energy visualisation

Latha Murugesan, Rashina Hoda, Zoran Salcic, Piyush Verma

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Abstract

One of the important ways of saving household electricity and inducing behavioural change is through the visualisation of electricity consumption. Several models have been proposed to make the visualisation more creative and interactive to achieve significant energy savings among the energy users. However, advocating this visualisation among the users requires policy analysts and government bodies to design relevant energy efficiency policies. This paper has analysed the requirements of an interactive energy visualisation system named ECoS (Energy Control System) through user-centered techniques such as survey and design thinking activity, and the top seven features of the system are identified, designed and implemented. These features are assessed through usability testing and the software is updated based on the feedback from the participants. With all these assessments and analysis, five policy recommendations for the government and other stakeholders are discussed to make effective use of this visualisation software to induce sustainable behavioural change among users. This energy visualisation software will help energy users to understand their energy profile, and take certain easy actions for better control of their energy usage.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT Asia 2018)
EditorsAnurag Sharma, Quan Hao
Place of PublicationPiscataway NJ USA
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Pages1091-1096
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781538642917, 9781538642900
ISBN (Print)9781538642924
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Sep 2018
Externally publishedYes
EventIEEE Innovative Smart Grid Technologies - Asia 2018 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 22 May 201825 May 2018
https://site.ieee.org/isgt-asia-2018/

Conference

ConferenceIEEE Innovative Smart Grid Technologies - Asia 2018
Abbreviated titleISGT Asia 2018
CountrySingapore
CitySingapore
Period22/05/1825/05/18
Internet address

Keywords

  • energy consumption
  • energy notification
  • energy policy
  • energy visualisation.
  • smart homes

Cite this

Murugesan, L., Hoda, R., Salcic, Z., & Verma, P. (2018). Policy recommendations to induce behavioural changes through interactive energy visualisation. In A. Sharma, & Q. Hao (Eds.), International Conference on Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT Asia 2018) (pp. 1091-1096). IEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. https://doi.org/10.1109/ISGT-Asia.2018.8467776