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Influencing household energy practices: a critical review of UK smart metering standards and commercial feedback devices

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Pullinger, M and Lovell, H and Webb, J, Influencing household energy practices: a critical review of UK smart metering standards and commercial feedback devices, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, 26, (10) pp. 1144-1162. ISSN 0953-7325 (2014) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1080/09537325.2014.977245

Abstract

The smart metering systems currently being installed in UK households support devices that give feedback aimed at encouraging behaviour changes, specifically to reduce energy demand and spending on energy. Detailed standards specify the minimum technical capabilities of the smart meters and feedback devices. In this paper, we assess the extent to which these standards enable feedback that is likely to be effective in reducing demand. Latest research in this field, drawing on theories of social practice, suggests that feedback devices assume and rely on what we term ‘reflection practice’, a distinctive type of social practice, and that feedback attentive to the particular energy-using practices of householders is likely to have most influence on demand. Neither the smart meter standards nor current commercial devices are found to incorporate these latest research findings, potentially significantly limiting the ability of the UK smart metering programme to fulfil its domestic energy demand reduction objectives.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology and Social Studies of Science and Technology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
UTAS Author:Lovell, H (Professor Heather Lovell)
ID Code:99557
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:20
Deposited By:Social Sciences
Deposited On:2015-03-27
Last Modified:2018-04-04
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