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Individual energy use and feedback in an office setting: A field trial

Murtagh, N, Nati, M, Headley, WR, Gatersleben, B, Gluhak, A, Imran, MA and Uzzell, D (2013) Individual energy use and feedback in an office setting: A field trial Energy Policy, 62. pp. 717-728.

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Abstract

Despite national plans to deploy smart meters in small and medium businesses in the UK, there is little knowledge of occupant energy use in offices. The objectives of the study were to investigate the effect of individual feedback on energy use at the workdesk, and to test the relationship between individual determinants, energy use and energy reduction. A field trial is presented, which monitored occupant energy use and provided individual feedback to 83 office workers in a university. The trial comprised pre- and post-intervention surveys, energy measurement and provision of feedback for 18 weeks post-baseline, and two participant focus groups. The main findings were: statistically significant energy reduction was found, but not for the entire measurement period; engagement with feedback diminished over time; no measured individual variables were related to energy reduction and only attitudes to energy conservation were related to energy use; an absence of motivation to undertake energy reduction actions was in evidence. The implications for energy use in offices are considered, including the need for motivations beyond energy reduction to be harnessed to realise the clear potential for reduced energy use at workdesks. © 2013 The Authors.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Murtagh, NUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Nati, MUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Headley, WRUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Gatersleben, BUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Gluhak, AUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Imran, MAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Uzzell, DUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : November 2013
Identification Number : 10.1016/j.enpol.2013.07.090
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Additional Information : This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial ShareAlike License, which permits non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 01 May 2014 10:46
Last Modified : 13 Aug 2014 13:33
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/805007

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