Energy data can be made fun and used in creative ways to change behavior toward conservation. Above is just one example of this from Lucid Design Group. From CEO Michael Murray:
Human behavior is often overlooked in the areas of architecture and environmental performance. There are technical and design-related solutions to minimize resource consumption, but there are behavioral issues as well. Even the “smartest” green building can have “dumb” occupants who waste electricity. Our technology is aimed at encouraging greater interaction between occupants and the built environment, and promoting a greater understanding of the invisible flows of energy that power our spaces. The more visible we can make energy use, the more attention it will get.
The “building of the future” that we envision is not necessarily a new form with new materials, but rather a highly interactive structure in which energy use is everyone’s problem and requires building occupants’ consideration to manage it effectively.
I agree with the spirit of these comments. At the same time, I wonder whether energy savings can be sustained over time, as demonstrated in prior research showing that savings behavior may not continue.