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Task 24: Subtask 2 – Austria’s Energy Hunt & €CO2 Management

22 October 2015

This report highlights two in-dept case studies from Austria – the Energy Hunt (Energiejagd) and €CO2 Management. Both were projects undertaken within wider EU programmes and they tackled the same issue – residential energy use reduction, with very different approaches: The Energy Hunt was highly social, had a gamification element and was low tech; €CO2 management was based on the neoclassical deficit model (provide information and incentives) and more high tech in its feedback mechanisms. They both saved some energy but the Energy Hunt was arguably more successful, particularly in the participation and enjoyment of end users who were a more active part of the creation and implementation of the programme.


Task 24 – Subtask 9: IEPEC Beyond kWh Scoping Paper

26 August 2015

This paper, presented at the 2015 IEPEC conference in the US, is entitled “Exploring Deep Savings: A Toolkit for Assessing Behavior-Based Energy Interventions” and was co-authored by Dr Beth Karlin (University of California, Irvine, USA), Dr Rebecca Ford (University of Otago, New Zealand) and Dr Cynthia McPherson Frantz (Oberlin College, USA).

This paper argues for a more systematic and comprehensive approach to the evaluation of behavior-based energy interventions, and describes a preliminary toolkit that is currently being developed and validated in conjunction with the International Energy Agency Demand Side Management Programme (IEA DSM) Task 24 on Behavior Change as well as two large investor-owned utilities. The approach is informed by theories and empirical research on behavior change as well as a content analysis of 85 behavior-based energy interventions. It includes questions on: context (demographics), user experience (ease of use, engagement), material culture (what people have), energy practices (what people do), and beliefs around energy use (what people think). It forms the background scoping paper for the work that will be undertaken by Dr Karlin et al  and which is co-funded by PG&E and SCE during 2015-16. In 2017, we will validate the behavioral toolkit and its various modules in the participating Task 24 countries and develop any country-context specific updates.

Task 24: eceee summer study 2015 storytelling paper

23 June 2015

This very well received paper was presented at the 2015 eceee summer study to over 150 people. It represents an overview of the various ways Task 24 has used storytelling as ‘translation’ methodology and the theoretical basis behind some of the narrative categories.

Task 24: eceee 2015 summer study storytelling paper

Task 24 – Subtask 3: Deliverable 3B Factsheets

23 June 2015

“From ‘I think I know’ to ‘I understand what you did and why you did it’”

This is the third and last deliverable for Subtask 3 on Monitoring and Evaluation. It builds on Deliverables 3 and 3A and presents fact sheets for how to use single- and double-loop learning on three common intervention tools in the buildings retrofit sector (Energy Performance Certificates, mass marketing campaigns, subsidies and loans).

Task 24 – Subtask 3: Deliverable 3B Factsheets

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Task 24 – Subtask 3: Deliverable 3 Methodology Review

23 June 2015

Beth Karlin (University of California Irvine) and a team of researchers kindly undertook a large-scale methodological review of literature in the domestic feedback and building retrofit domains. The goal of the review was to identify any standard methods of collecting data to assess the success of behavioural interventions. The main findings of this report are that, clearly: there is no standard methodology of collecting data and evaluating behavioural interventions; there is too little information given in most papers to recreate meaningful evaluation; and we need to develop an internationally-validated tool to collect data that proves that a behavioural intervention was successful, why (not), how and via what means.

Subtask 3 Deliverable 3 Methodology Review

Task 24 – Subtask 3: Deliverable 3A Evaluation Positioning Paper

23 June 2015

“Did you behave as we designed you to?” This is the second deliverable of Subtask 3 on monitoring and evaluating behaviour change programmes. It is a positioning paper that looks at how different disciplines evaluate behaviour, the many challenges Behaviour Changers face when trying to evaluate behaviour and some possible solutions.
Subtask 3 Deliverable 3A Final Report

Task 24: ESCo Facilitators 5 page summary

24 July 2014

We were asked by Task 16 on Energy Service Contracts to write a report on and for ESCo Facilitators.

This paper focuses on possible solutions and practical guidance for (Project) Facilitators in dealing with potential clients’ perspectives, expectations and possible barriers concerning the outsourcing of comprehensive energy service packages (either Energy Supply or Energy Performance Contracting or other business models) to an ESCo. Successful market development for comprehensive ESCo models requires a strong commitment and a ‘driving position’ on the client’s side.

This is the 5 page summary.

ESCo Facilitators 5 page summary

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