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Using participatory data analysis to understand social constraints and opportunities of electricity demand-shifting

Bourgeois, J.; van der Linden, J.; Kortuem, G.; Price, B. A. and Rimmer, C. (2014). Using participatory data analysis to understand social constraints and opportunities of electricity demand-shifting. In: 2nd International Conference on ICT for Sustainability (ICT4S 2014), 24-27 August 2014, Stockholm, Sweden, Atlantis Press.

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DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.2991/ict4s-14.2014.49
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Abstract

This paper reports results from an empirical study that explored the potential of interactive electricity Demand-Shifting – a particular form of behavior change where electricity consumption is shifted towards times of the day when production is at its highest – in the context of residential solar electricity generation. We conducted an in-the-wild user study with eighteen households over a period of six months, combining electricity data from smart meters and smart plugs with in-depth interviews to explore laundry routines and washing machine usage for each household. The study highlights that, although washing machines can be considered to be “shiftable appliances”, the specific ways in which each household goes about shifting varies considerably. Furthermore, there is a clear need for ICTs to support people by analyzing current context and future plans to automate electricity demand-shifting and synchronization of both laundry and other appliances. Such support will help them maximize the self-consumption of micro-generated electricity while balancing this with environmental concerns, financial benefits and day-to-day issues relating to convenience.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 Atlantis Press
ISBN: 94-6252-022-4, 978-94-6252-022-6
ISSN: 2352-538X
Keywords: microgeneration; demand-shifting; in-home study; energy management
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Computing and Communications
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Centre for Policing Research and Learning (CPRL)
International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR)
Health and Wellbeing PRA (Priority Research Area)
Item ID: 40466
Depositing User: Jacky Bourgeois
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2014 11:28
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2017 15:51
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/40466
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