Improving the possibilities to monitor energy consumption at home

Sami Karjalainen (Corresponding author), Kalevi Piira

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Abstract

Inhabitants have low possibilities to monitor their energy and water consumption. The energy and water meters are typically read only once a year in Finland. The monthly bills are based on estimated consumption, i.e. the consumption of the previous year. A quantitative interview
survey with a sample size of 3,094 people was performed to study attitudes and opinions about energy conservation and energy monitoring.
The results show that 63% of the Finns think that it is very important or important to improve the possibilities to monitor energy
consumption at home. A new prototype for monitoring energy consumption was developed at VTT. It gives occupants real time feedback on their energy consumption and the costs.
In addition to the total consumption and costs, the prototype is able to present electricity consumption and costs of each device. The target is to create a system that gives occupants relevant information in a way that is easy to understand. The system is installed in two
experimental houses.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Clima 2007 WellBeing Indoors
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2007
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Event9th Rehva World Congress, Clima 2007 - WellBeing Indoors - Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 10 Jun 200714 Jun 2007
Conference number: 9

Conference

Conference9th Rehva World Congress, Clima 2007 - WellBeing Indoors
Abbreviated titleCLIMA 2007
CountryFinland
CityHelsinki
Period10/06/0714/06/07

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Energy utilization
Water meters
Costs
Monitoring
Energy conservation
Electricity
Feedback
Water

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Karjalainen, S., & Piira, K. (2007). Improving the possibilities to monitor energy consumption at home. In Proceedings of Clima 2007 WellBeing Indoors
Karjalainen, Sami ; Piira, Kalevi. / Improving the possibilities to monitor energy consumption at home. Proceedings of Clima 2007 WellBeing Indoors. 2007.
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