ProjectEnergy Awareness

Energy Awareness

The project "Energy Awareness" examines the degree to which property owners and residents can reduce their carbon footprint by an automated usage of district heating and cooling. The project will probe how economic benefits and a reduction in use of CO2 can be achieved by shifting the heating and cooling loads in a building and it will also investigate how visualizing the individual use of the heating and cooling system may affect the behavior of the residents.

The concepts that are developed in the project are targeted for a typical property in Stockholm and have the potential to reduce carbon emissions of 6%. Solutions and models that are defined and developed in this project will be tested, implemented and evaluated in the Stockholm Royal Seaport in order to be applicable in new buildings. Adjustments to the solution in order to reach full effect also in existing housing will be identified.  The parties in the project are RISE Interactive (formerly called Interactive Institute), Fortum, ABB, KTH, Ericsson, NCC, Bygg Vesta, HSB, JM, and the City of Stockholm.

RISE Interactive role in the project is based on many years of research and experiences in projects within the area of energy efficiency created by awareness and engagement by the user. The main objective is to answer the questions: how can we design information and tools that will effect users behavior regarding energy use? How shall the interaction with the users be constructed to create motivation and engagement for a more efficient use of distance heating?

”Today, we are many people that would like to make a change and reduce our own impact or carbon footprint. For example by using less hot water, or try to lower the temperature at home. But is it really possible to do this when living in an apartment, in a real estate? And do we know when and how our effort would have the best effect? We want to give the end user a possibility to make a difference; with the help of new tools but most of all by giving the user information that will motivate and trigger a more sustainable and energy efficient behavior.”- Therese Balksjö – Project Manager at RISE Interactive.

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