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Investigating the link between well-being and energy use; an explorative case study between passive and active domestic energy management systems

Pelenur, MJ and Cruickshank, HJ (2013) Investigating the link between well-being and energy use; an explorative case study between passive and active domestic energy management systems. Building and Environment, 65. pp. 26-34. ISSN 0360-1323

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to explore how the remote control of appliances/lights (active energy management system) affected household well-being, compared to in-home displays (passive energy management system). A six-week exploratory study was conducted with 14 participants divided into the following three groups: active; passive; and no equipment. The effect on well-being was measured through thematic analysis of two semi-structured interviews for each participant, administered at the start and end of the study. The well-being themes were based on existing measures of Satisfaction and Affect. The energy demand for each participant was also measured for two weeks without intervention, and then compared after four weeks with either the passive or active energy management systems. These measurements were used to complement the well-being analysis. Overall, the measure of Affect increased in the passive group but Satisfaction decreased; however, all three measures on average decreased in the active group. The measured energy demand also highlighted a disconnect between well-being and domestic energy consumption. The results point to a need for further investigation in this field; otherwise, there is a risk that nationally implemented energy management solutions may negatively affect our happiness and well-being. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Domestic built environment Energy management In-home electricity displays Well-being
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div D > Sustainable Development
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 11:41
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2014 02:19
DOI: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2013.03.020