Scouting for residential electrical savings
Recorded Wednesday, January 27, 2010 · 1pm
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U.S. households are plugged in—there are now about 25 consumer electronic products in every household, compared with just three in 1980. A year-long field study in Minnesota sheds new light on the make-up of this growing electrical load and behavioral opportunities to curb the growth.
In this webinar, co-principal investigators Scott Pigg and Ingo Bensch present results from "Plugging into savings," a field research project funded by the Minnesota Office of Energy Security and Minnesota Power Company. Scott and Ingo will share results on:
- in-home metering data on active-mode and standby power draws and electricity consumption for more than 700 devices in 50 homes;
- prevalence of opportunities to reduce electricity waste (such as enabling computer power management), with estimated savings;
- interview results about what consumers are willing (and unwilling) to undertake in the way of in-home savings strategies; and,
- implications for energy efficiency programs.
Gain insights to help residential energy consumers manage their plugged-in electronics and slay their energy vampires.
Who should watch?
This presentation is designed for executives, regulators, legislators, residential energy efficiency program managers, and advocates and professionals in the energy field.
Scott's obsession with data and technology monitoring serves him well in the field research and statistical analysis projects he leads. Scott designs and implements studies assessing energy efficiency and renewable energy market opportunities and strategies. He conducts numerous monitoring studies designed to reveal how well energy efficient equipment functions in the field. He also leads our residential building performance research activities.
Scott has a Master of Science Degree in Land Resources with a certificate in Energy Analysis and Policy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Ingo has 20 years of experience in program evaluation and market and behavioral research. He led an evaluation of a gamification-based sustainability program in Wisconsin, a study of high energy-using households in Minnesota, and a behavior-focused professional group in Madison. He uses in-depth interviewing techniques to unravel the strands motivating energy related actions and quantitative surveys to explore solutions to energy challenges on a larger scale. His impact studies on game-based sustainability efforts in workplaces and communities are breaking new ground in evaluating the impact of behavioral efforts by combining insights from player scores, interviews and a billing analysis.
Ingo has a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Science-Technology Studies from Stanford University and a Master's degree in Public Affairs from Indiana University.