Framing Smart Meter Feedback in Relation to Practice Theory

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Mela , H , Peltomaa , J , Salo , M , Mäkinen , K & Hildén , M 2018 , ' Framing Smart Meter Feedback in Relation to Practice Theory ' , Sustainability , vol. 10 , no. 10 , 3553 . https://doi.org/10.3390/su10103553

Title: Framing Smart Meter Feedback in Relation to Practice Theory
Author: Mela, Hanna; Peltomaa, Juha; Salo, Marja; Mäkinen, Kirsi; Hildén, Mikael
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Doctoral Programme in Interdisciplinary Environmental Sciences
Date: 2018-10
Language: eng
Number of pages: 22
Belongs to series: Sustainability
ISSN: 2071-1050
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/298359
Abstract: Smart metering is advancing rapidly and consumption feedback from smart meters is expected to help residents to reduce their energy and water consumption. In recent years, more critical views have been expressed based on theories of social practice, arguing that smart meter feedback ignores the role of various mundane practices where energy and water are consumed and instead targets individuals as active decision-makers. We present a review of qualitative studies on smart meter feedback and results of a survey to European smart metering projects. We argue that theories of social practice can be used to reframe the challenges and potentials of smart meter feedback that have been identified in the literature and our survey. This presents challenges of smart meter feedback as resulting from normalised resource intensive practices rather than from uninterested and comfort-loving individuals. Potentials of improving the effectiveness of smart meter feedback relate to supporting communities and peer-learning and combining smart meter feedback with micro-generation of renewable energy. This has implications for how domestic energy and water consumption is targeted by policy.
Subject: DEMAND
ECO-FEEDBACK
ENERGY-CONSUMPTION
EVERYDAY LIFE
HOUSEHOLD ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION
IN-HOME DISPLAYS
REAL-TIME FEEDBACK
TECHNOLOGIES
TRANSITION
USERS
energy and water consumption
feedback
households
smart metering
theories of social practice
1172 Environmental sciences
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