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On the invisible socio-technical systems – the great unknown
NTNU, Norway.
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Technology and Social Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. (Teknik Vardag Samhälle)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7694-7397
2010 (English)In: International Journal of Power and Energy Systems, ISSN 1078-3466, Vol. 30, no 3, 176-182 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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 efficiently. To develop sustainable energy systems users need to transform their behaviour and start reflecting on their energy use. The aim of this paper is to discuss different methods to visualize energy use in households. We will discuss experience from three different methods, namely information, time-diaries and a power-aware cord. Every method has its drawbacks, but combining the three methods could be one way to highlight 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 find strategies that appeal more closely to peoples’ behaviour, hence making it easier for households to put the advice into practice in their everyday lives.

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2010. Vol. 30, no 3, 176-182 p.
Keyword [en]
Socio-technical systems, energy efficiency, visualization, sustainability
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Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-59997DOI: 10.2316/Journal.203.2010.3.203-4219OAI: diva2:354545
Available from: 2010-10-03 Created: 2010-10-03 Last updated: 2014-10-08

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