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Sustainability 2018, 10(10), 3553;

Framing Smart Meter Feedback in Relation to Practice Theory

Finnish Environment Institute, P.O. Box 140, FI-00251 Helsinki, Finland
Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki, P.O. Box 65, FI-00014 Helsinki, Finland
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Received: 29 August 2018 / Revised: 21 September 2018 / Accepted: 28 September 2018 / Published: 3 October 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Smart Energy Management for Smart Grids)
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Smart metering is advancing rapidly and consumption feedback from smart meters is expected to help residents to reduce their energy and water consumption. In recent years, more critical views have been expressed based on theories of social practice, arguing that smart meter feedback ignores the role of various mundane practices where energy and water are consumed and instead targets individuals as active decision-makers. We present a review of qualitative studies on smart meter feedback and results of a survey to European smart metering projects. We argue that theories of social practice can be used to reframe the challenges and potentials of smart meter feedback that have been identified in the literature and our survey. This presents challenges of smart meter feedback as resulting from normalised resource intensive practices rather than from uninterested and comfort-loving individuals. Potentials of improving the effectiveness of smart meter feedback relate to supporting communities and peer-learning and combining smart meter feedback with micro-generation of renewable energy. This has implications for how domestic energy and water consumption is targeted by policy. View Full-Text
Keywords: smart metering; feedback; households; energy and water consumption; theories of social practice smart metering; feedback; households; energy and water consumption; theories of social practice

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Mela, H.; Peltomaa, J.; Salo, M.; Mäkinen, K.; Hildén, M. Framing Smart Meter Feedback in Relation to Practice Theory. Sustainability 2018, 10, 3553.

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