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Motivating energy conservation in organisations: smart metering and the emergence and diffusion of social norms

Bradley, P.; Fudge, S.; Leach, M.

Authors

S. Fudge

M. Leach



Abstract

© 2015 Taylor & Francis. This study presents results from a smart metering intervention that provided detailed individual desk-based energy feedback to help individuals reduce energy in an organisation. Although the intervention was based on the study of individuals, this paper explores how the technology was socialised, and was set to explore changes in normative influence (descriptive and injunctive norms) around specific energy services, before and after the intervention. Results from the study identify that social norms around certain energy services changed as a result of the intervention, and the level of descriptive norms was found to have a direct effect on energy efficiency of participants. Interviews were carried out during the study and provided insight into social construction and social comparison processes occurring during the intervention as these are key to understanding the emergence and diffusion of social norms. Strong interaction between technologies/technology policy and social context was found.

Citation

Bradley, P., Bradley, P., Fudge, S., & Leach, M. (2016). Motivating energy conservation in organisations: smart metering and the emergence and diffusion of social norms. Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, 28(4), 435-461. https://doi.org/10.1080/09537325.2015.1099625

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 9, 2015
Online Publication Date Nov 4, 2015
Publication Date Apr 20, 2016
Journal Technology Analysis and Strategic Management
Print ISSN 0953-7325
Electronic ISSN 1465-3990
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 28
Issue 4
Pages 435-461
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/09537325.2015.1099625
Keywords smart metering, social norms, energy, feedback
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/906415
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09537325.2015.1099625