Energy is an important resource in society and we often depend on energy in our everyday life. Energy related emissions constitute at the same time a major environmental load, and we need to use energy more efficient. To develop sustainable energy systems users need to transform their behavior and start reflecting on their energy use. The aim with this paper is to discuss different methods to visualize energy use in households. We will discuss experience from three different methods to visualize energy, namely information, time-diaries and a power aware cord. Every method has its drawbacks, but combining the three methods could be one way to highlights households energy use and their possibility to energy conservation. By using the results from the introduction of time-diaries and technical artefacts in households when developing information campaigns and in energy guidance, we can probably find strategies that appeal more closely to peoples behaviour hence making it easier for households to put the advice into practice in their everyday
the energy system, which increases their importance as a key component in the system.
But transforming the energy system for greater sustainability also sometimes requires the users to "transform" their own behavior and conserve energy. At the same time, households are not interested in energy
per se, but rather in the services that the energy companies provide. Energy is in demand to meet various needs, such as the need to feel full and satisfied, to have heat and light, and to be healthy and clean (Carlsson-Kanyama and Lindén, 2002). As long as the energy system is working and performing in accordance with our demands, it is essentially "invisible" (Blomkvist and Kaijser, 1998; Giddens, 1999). To develop sustainable energy solutions it is consequently important for national and municipal governments to make both the energy system and our energy use more visible.
Anaheim: ACTA Press , 2007. 111-116 p.