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Energy Information Augmented Community-Based Energy Reduction
University of Dayton, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Dayton, OH 45469, USA
University of Dayton, Department of Management Information Systems, Dayton, OH 45469, USA
Energize Clinton County, 6 N South St., Wilmington, OH 45177, USA
Oakwood High School, 20 Rubicon Road, Dayton, OH 45409, USA
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Received: 9 May 2012; in revised form: 8 June 2012 / Accepted: 14 June 2012 / Published: 25 June 2012
Abstract: More than one-half of all U.S. states have instituted energy efficiency mandates requiring utilities to reduce energy use. To achieve these goals, utilities have been permitted rate structures to help them incentivize energy reduction projects. This strategy is proving to be only modestly successful in stemming energy consumption growth. By the same token, community energy reduction programs have achieved moderate to very significant energy reduction. The research described here offers an important tool to strengthen the community energy reduction efforts—by providing such efforts energy information tailored to the energy use patterns of each building occupant. The information provided most importantly helps each individual energy customer understand their potential for energy savings and what reduction measures are most important to them. This information can be leveraged by the leading community organization to prompt greater action in its community. A number of case studies of this model are shown. Early results are promising.
Keywords: energy informatics; energy efficiency; social norms; community wide systems; environmental impact; demand reduction; energy efficiency jobs
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Hallinan, K.; Enns, H.; Ritchey, S.; Brodrick, P.; Lammers, N.; Hanus, N.; Rembert, M.; Rainsberger, T. Energy Information Augmented Community-Based Energy Reduction. Sustainability 2012, 4, 1371-1396.
Hallinan K, Enns H, Ritchey S, Brodrick P, Lammers N, Hanus N, Rembert M, Rainsberger T. Energy Information Augmented Community-Based Energy Reduction. Sustainability. 2012; 4(7):1371-1396.
Hallinan, Kevin; Enns, Harvey; Ritchey, Stephenie; Brodrick, Phil; Lammers, Nathan; Hanus, Nichole; Rembert, Mark; Rainsberger, Tony. 2012. "Energy Information Augmented Community-Based Energy Reduction." Sustainability 4, no. 7: 1371-1396.