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Colloquium - Ehrhardt-Martinez

Advanced Metering Initiatives and Residential Feedback Programs: Insights from a Meta-Review
Karen Ehrhardt-Martinez
Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI)
2/23/2011
11:30am-1:00pm

How can the application of intelligent energy feedback systems help people use energy more wisely? According to a recent meta-review of 57 different residential-sector feedback initiatives, the application of one or more types of intelligent energy feedback initiatives could help households across America significantly reduce the amount of electricity that they waste each year. In fact, the results of the study indicate that feedback programs have helped households to reduce the amount of wasted electricity by 4 to 12 percent depending on the type of feedback that they receive. In one study, household were able to save as much as 20 percent of their prior electricity consumption. These finding suggest that households, cities and even the nation as a whole could benefit greatly from the implementation of energy feedback programs and that feedback could prove to be an important means of reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and achieving climate change objectives. This presentation will summarize the research and discuss how households, cities and utilities can use feedback to enable people to make smarter energy choices.

Karen Ehrhardt-Martinez, PhD, is a Senior Research Associate with the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI) at the University of Colorado, a joint institute of the University of Colorado and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Karen has nearly 20 years of experience in applied and academic research with a focus on the social and behavioral dimensions of energy and climate change. Karen is a cofounder of the Behavior, Energy and Climate Change (BECC) Conference and served as the BECC Conference Chair in 2009. Karen has also provided expert testimony before the U.S. House Committee on Science and Technology's Subcommittee on Energy and Environment. During her recent employment with the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Karen was responsible for leading the organization's research program on the social and behavioral dimensions of energy efficiency and environmental change. Among Karen's recent accomplishments is an edited volume on the social and behavioral dimensions of energy and climate change and a meta-review of the impact of advanced metering initiatives and residential feedback programs.

Sponsored by the Center for Lifelong Learning & Design.

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