Motivating behavioral change among end-users through combined ICT tools and modular information services on energy use, indoor environment, health and lifestyle

As a consortium partner, we started the EU project Mobistyle (EU Horizon2020) at the end of 2016. The aim of this project is to motivate behavioral change among end-users of energy through combined ICT tools and modular information services on energy use, indoor environment, health and lifestyle.
Nowadays, numerous energy data from the end-user are available, monitored by equipment and sensors in the house (such as smart meters, heat monitoring, smart plugs, smart, energy-conscious products, intelligent controls and building automation). However, this data is often not readable or incomprehensible to energy users, especially to residents.

At the same time, various products are commercially available that can be used for cost-effective monitoring of energy use, with different possibilities for feedback to the consumer. The challenge now is to make good use of all possible benefits. How do you prevent an abundance of substantive information and how do we ensure that the end-users of ICT-based tools start using these solutions. Energy or environment as such are, in general, not the most appealing drivers for changing the user's behaviour. On the other hand, the combination of information on energy consumption and behavior patterns with other relevant information, such as the actual quality of the indoor environment, personal health, possibly in combination with other 'life-style' information, is very useful to arouse consumer interest. And, perhaps more importantly, this solution can motivate them to maintain their new, more energy-conscious habits in the long run.

Website: Mobistyle Project

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