Energy Efficient Buildings are not Enough, People Matter too

Energy Efficient Buildings are not Enough, People Matter too

Energy efficient buildings and technologies like smart meters aren’t enough on their own to cut energy usage. Efforts to reduce energy usage must focus on educating people and changing habits in the long term as well. Around half of our energy consumption is down to personal choices and actions.   The UK government has declared

Energy efficient buildings and technologies like smart meters aren’t enough on their own to cut energy usage.

Efforts to reduce energy usage must focus on educating
people and changing habits in the long term as well. Around half of our energy
consumption is down to personal choices and actions.

 

The UK government has declared that new homes must be
zero-carbon by 2016. Experience with ‘zero energy’ homes shows us that
designers cannot do this alone. They will need to work with users to deliver
comprehensive energy reductions.

 

If government supported research and teaching in this
vital area, we could move towards developing the smart people needed to
maximize building performance.

 

Smart meters in particular present a real opportunity for
consumers to better understand and therefore reduce their energy usage, as well
as cutting their household heating costs.

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