Challenges in Energy Awareness: a Swedish case of heating consumption in households

de Jong, Annelise and Balksjö, Theresea and Katzeff, Cecilia (2013) Challenges in Energy Awareness: a Swedish case of heating consumption in households. In: ERSCP-EMSU Conference 'Bridges for a sustainable Future', 4-7 June 2013, Istanbul, Turkey.

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An efficient and sustainable energy system is an important factor when minimising the environmental impact caused by the cities. We have worked with questions on how to construct a more direct connection between customers-­‐citizens and a provider of district heating for negotiating notions of comfort in relation to heating and hot tap water use. In this paper we present visualisation concepts of such connections and reflect on the outcomes in terms of the type of data needed for sustainability assessment, as well as the methods explored for channelling information on individual consumption and environmental impact between customers and the provider of district heating. We have defined challenges in sustainable design for consumer behaviour change in the case of reducing heat and hot water consumption in individual households: (1) The problematic relation between individual behaviour steering and system level district heating, (2) The complexity of environmental impact as indicator for behaviour change, and (3) Ethical considerations concerning the role of the designer.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
ID Code:5529
Deposited By:Annelise de Jong
Deposited On:27 Jun 2013 14:56
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