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User-centred improvements to energy efficiency products and renewable energy systems: research on household adoption and use

Caird, Sally and Roy, Robin (2008). User-centred improvements to energy efficiency products and renewable energy systems: research on household adoption and use. International Journal of Innovation Management, 12(3) pp. 327–355.

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The development and rapid consumer adoption of energy efficiency products and renewable energy systems are key elements of the UK and the EU carbon reduction strategies to
meet the challenge of climate change. Many such technologies are available for domestic use, but despite government incentives to meet carbon reduction targets consumer adoption has been slow. This Open University research with 111 in-depth interviews plus an on-line
survey with nearly 400 responses, investigates consumer adoption, non-adoption and use of these technologies. Results show that it is important to research consumer use experiences, problems and requirements when designing and developing “green” technologies. With results tailored to each technology, this study shows that user-centred improvements are required to improve functionality, ergonomics, inter-connectedness with other systems
and symbolic value, and to reduce cost and payback. User-centred research supports new product/system design and development to promote more rapid adoption and carbon-saving
use of energy efficient and renewable technologies in homes.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2008 World Scientific Publishing
ISSN: 1363-9196
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetCarbon Connections
Extra Information: Electronic version of an article published as International Journal of Innovation Management, 12(3), 2008, 327-355 10.1142/S1363919608002072 © 2008 World Scientific Publishing Company
Keywords: energy efficiency; renewable energy; consumer surveys; user-centred design; marketing
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Engineering & Innovation
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 12193
Depositing User: Robin Roy
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2008 22:16
Last Modified: 27 Dec 2012 13:33
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