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Colin Bennett

Can technology persuade us to save energy? - 3 views

  • Last week New Scientist reported that US emissions could be cut by more than 7 per cent if people changed their ways at home. Separate studies in US, Dutch and British homes have reported that 26 to 36 per cent of domestic energy use is "behavioural" – determined by the way we use machines, not the efficiency of the hardware itself. This means that "machines designed to change humans", as the persuasive technology group of Stanford University, California, calls them, could save us huge amounts of energy and money. Energy awareness Many projects are trying to make that happen, with two main motivations. One is to understand which facets of human nature can be manipulated to change behaviour. The other is to develop technical strategies to do so.
Hans De Keulenaer

IEA OPEN Energy Technology Bulletin - 0 views

  • When it comes to energy use there is nothing quite as unpredictable as human behaviour. Understanding the complex range of factors that influence energy end-use behaviour will be the focus of a new two-year project to be undertaken by the Demand-Side Management Programme
  • Making the switch to the large-scale renewable energy systems required to combat climate change will require public and private capital investment on a massive scale.
Hans De Keulenaer

Measuring energy use and behaviour change in the home | Housing network | Guardian Prof... - 0 views

  • Staff from the university have been working in partnership with a social landlord in the north-west of England to examine how new tenants of five typical, semi-detached three-bedroom properties respond to a range of interventions to make them more energy aware – and use the energy within their homes more wisely – over a period of two years.
Phil Slade

2010 Peak Oil Report | The Peak Oil Group - 1 views

    "Business calls for urgent action on "oil crunch" threat to UK economy Taskforce warns Britain is unprepared for significant risk to companies and consumers Poorest to be hit hardest by price rises for travel, food, heating and consumer goods New policies must be priority for whoever wins the General Election Recommended packages include legislation, new technologies and behaviour-change incentives Fundamental change in demand patterns triggered by emerging economy countries London, 10 February, 2010: A group of leading business people today call for urgent action to prepare the UK for Peak Oil. The second report of the UK Industry Taskforce on Peak Oil and Energy Security (ITPOES) finds that oil shortages, insecurity of supply and price volatility will destabilise economic, political and social activity potentially by 2015. Peak Oil refers to the point where the highest practicable rate of global oil production has been achieved and from which future levels of production will either plateau, or begin to diminish. This means an end to the era of cheap oil."
Hans De Keulenaer

Masdar Institute Tour: A Living Energy Efficiency Laboratory | Renewable Energy News Ar... - 1 views

    A combination of RE & EE technology, but also concern for user behaviour.
Phil Slade - 4 views

    "Electro Magnates is a cutting edge carbon-reducing sustainability project at the intersection of computer science, social media and behaviour change. The project's deliverables are to design, implement, and evaluate a suite of social software applications - including games - to encourage positive behaviour changes in energy consumption. The project will specifically design software interventions to be used by employees and students in educational and public sector work-places and environments in the county of Lincolnshire in the UK."
Hans De Keulenaer

Behavioral approaches to energy conservation pay off | Intelligent Utility - 0 views

  • Utilities have begun to experiment with pilot programs that embody a behavioral approach. These programs are designed to change consumer behavior towards energy consumption, resulting in load reduction. Such behavioral approaches include any program that initiates a change in behavior that doesn't require a widget or a rebate on a "widget-based" program. A behavioral approach is not technology based.
Hans De Keulenaer

How Behavior Change Psychology Can Be Applied To Energy Efficiency Programs | The Energ... - 2 views

    "The Behavior Program Summary documents a total of 160 programs that the respondents considered to be behavior change, and 90 related evaluations, underway at 61 organizations. While respondents were allowed to select multiple sectors for each pro...
Hans De Keulenaer

Broken windows and CSR | - Your Sustainability Information Sour... - 0 views

  • Could the same theory ten be applied to CSR? Once the organisation starts developing CSR strategy it eventually transcends itself into everything that’s being done. The answer is yes and no.
Hans De Keulenaer

Commissioner Piebalgs adresses the Parliament on high oil prices - 0 views

  • draft directive guaranteeing 20% renewables
    • Sergio Ferreira
      is this a joke? guaranteeing? rather dreaming!!
  • ensure that 10% of EU transport is powered by renewable fuel by 2020 into practice. It should be noted that this 10% can be covered by biofuels, or electricity from renewable sources.
    • Hans De Keulenaer
      It appears that our campaign for including renewable electricity into transport is already successful before we even formally launched the idea.
  • There is an energy future for all of us. This future will most likely be organised around different patterns of production, consumption and behaviour. Like with climate change, action is needed now.  
Colin Bennett

Few Brits interested in improving energy efficiency - 0 views

    A survey of over 1700 Brits by npower reveals only a disappointing 3% are considering making 'green' New Year's resolutions to improve energy efficiency and reduce consumption.
Hans De Keulenaer

Energy Information - 0 views

  • Our lack of knowledge about our own energy usage is a huge problem, but also a huge opportunity for us all to save money and fight global warming by reducing our power usage. Studies show that access to your household's personal energy information is likely to save you between 5–15% on your monthly bill, and the potential impact of large numbers of people achieving similar efficiencies is even more exciting. For every six households that save 10% on electricity, for instance, we reduce carbon emissions as much as taking one conventional car off the road (see sources and calculation).
Sergio Ferreira

Norway to become Carbon neutral by 2030 - 0 views

  • As the world's fifth-largest exporter of oil and Western Europe's biggest exporter of natural gas, Norway has found itself under increasing pressure to improve its environment profile. The new plan includes offsetting Norwegian emissions by stopping deforestation in developing countries and planting trees. On the domestic front, money is to be earmarked for investment in renewable energy and new taxes on fuel introduced as part of a 'carrot and stick' strategy promoting more environmentally friendly behaviour and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • become a leader in the global technology race in the new experimental and costly technology known as carbon capture and storage (CCS)
Hans De Keulenaer

Fraser Institute - Government subsidies and rebates discourage Ontario industry from re... - 0 views

  • “It’s not surprising there’s been little improvement in demand responsiveness given that a series of special rebates, the availability of fixed-term contracts, and the rules governing the behaviour of the Independent Market Operator combined to shield market participants from electricity price increases,”
Hans De Keulenaer

APA Press Release: When It Comes To Going Green, People Want Smaller Gains Now, Not Big... - 0 views

  • People make environmental choices the same way they manage money, preferring smaller gains right away to bigger gains later, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association.
Hans De Keulenaer

Energy Efficiency of Induction Machines: A Critical Assessment - 0 views

  • In this work, some fundamental aspects concerning the efficiency of induction machines are treated. The standards and the therein prescribed methods for the determination of the energy efficiency of induction machines are discussed. A detailed comparison of the four most relevant and recent methods identifies the differences. By means of measurement results of different machines, the differences between and the shortcomings of certain methods is confirmed. In that context, special attention is paid to the new, so-called ‘Eh-Y’ method. A concise overview of the most important points of attention for an increased efficiency of motor drives en the role of the induction motor (efficiency) in this context is completed with some examples. The difference between motor and generator mode is discussed and explained based on measurement results of machines of different size and efficiency class. Special attention is paid to the behaviour and performance of induction machines supplied by unbalanced voltages. More specifically it is investigated if and how the susceptibility to voltage asymmetry is influenced by material choice, in which the main focus lies on copper rotor technology. Therefore, the different standards for the description and quantification of voltage unbalance are studied first. The theoretical discussion is backed-up with experimental results of several machines.
Hans De Keulenaer

Is information overload on energy-efficiency leading to consumer distrust? - Low Carbon... - 1 views

  • The issue of energy-efficiency has leaped into the public consciousness in recent years. Consumers are being bombarded with advice about the best way to save electricity, save money and save the planet.But has this onslaught of information left many members of the public sceptical about the quality of advice being given? The results of a new survey would suggest that this indeed is the case.Over 9,000 consumers in 17 countries took part in the study, conducted by Accenture, which aimed to identify the changing attitudes relating to energy-efficiency.
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