How can we boost energy-saving behaviour without giving financial incentives?
When users don't pay for energy and water directly, financial incentives to save water and energy are not effective. Think of energy use at work (where the boss pays the bill), in hotels (where energy is included in the room price) and in residential rentals with all-inclusive utilities.
How can we boost sustainable behaviour in these situations? Innovations that provide direct feedback on energy and water consumption are an effective way to achieve energy and water savings in these situations.
This project tested the Amphiro device, that gives real-time feedback on the volume of water used and shows an image of a polar bear on an iceberg. The iceberg melts as more energy/water are consumed - giving insight on the effects of shower behaviour.
During a living lab at two of The Student Hotel’s locations, Amphiro devices were installed in showers and the effects were measured.
As a result, people used 17% less hot water on average, showing that a direct feedback tool is a practical way to stimulate water and energy savings and to significantly reduce costs.
Based on the results of the living lab, The Student Hotel has installed Amphiro devices in all rooms of their newly developed hotel in Florence, Italy, and is considering a further roll-out.
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