Energy efficiencyIn Research Areas Category
Governments around the world are adopting and implementing policies targeting the efficient use of energy, while the EU through the Energy Efficiency Directive has set an ambitious objective to achieve a 20% cut in Europe’s annual primary energy consumption by 2020. It is widely accepted that changes in consumer behaviour can lead to important savings in energy consumption. However, the inability to understand the impact of every-day actions in energy saving and the insignificant economic and environmental benefits deriving from the actions of an individual consumer, are some of the reasons that motivation for energy-efficient behaviour wears off over time.
In ViLabs we seek to influence the behaviour of consumers and related stakeholders by motivating and supporting them to participate in energy efficiency activities. We aim to address these challenges and achieve behavioural change by providing a bottom-up solution to energy efficiency, which will include the active involvement of individual consumers in achieving strategic and personal energy efficiency goals.
Towards this we are designing in ViLabs the Eco.save application, with the aim to capture the essence of people energy consumption experiences, present it in a virtual and chart form and suggest optimization, energy saving and environmental awareness. In Eco.save consumers are motivate to share their energy consumption figures and their energy behavior xperience with other consumers, energy consultants and experts, energy service companies, built on an interactive, inspiring and even competitive community of consumers. In Eco.save we can either
manually or automatically collect new data, and the consumer can therefore follow his daily, weekly, monthly and yearly energy consumption anytime, anywhere and compare the consumption with other consumers, suggesting personalized, alternative and more efficient ways to improve the energy consumption curve, for every type of home and lifestyle, through statistical models and behavior patterns from the large datasets collected.
Towards this direction, recently, ViLabs has investigated together with the CENTRE FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY HELLAS and ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS energy efficiency sustainability through behavioural change with the active involvement of individual consumers in achieving strategic and personal energy efficiency goals through specific awareness raising, motivation and empowerment activities.