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Better information on residential energy use may deter investment in efficiency: case study of a smart metering trial

Daire McCoy () and Sean Lyons ()

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: Smart metering allows electricity utilities to provide consumers with better information on their energy usage and to apply time of use tariffs. These measures have been shown to reduce electricity consumption and induce time-shifting of demand. Less is known about how they affect residential energy efficiency investment behaviour. Using data from a randomised-controlled trial on a sample of 2500 Irish consumers we show that exposure to time of use pricing and better information over a 12 month period can have the unintended effect of reducing investment in energy efficiency measures within the home.

Keywords: Randomised-controlled trial; Smart-metering; Energy efficiency adoption (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D12 O33 Q4 Q55 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014-04-18
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