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Kathryn Buchanan
University of Essex
19Publications
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343Citations
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Many researchers have examined whether giving people feedback about their energy use can lead them to decrease it. However, to date no consensus has been reached about which type of eco-feedback is the most effective. We aim to test the efficacy of different feedback techniques by providing participants with personalised information about the annual monetary costs of their home’s standby power usage (i.e., appliances that consume electricity despite not being actively used). Using a sample of 70...
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#1Kathryn Buchanan (University of Essex)H-Index: 7
#2Sam C. Staddon (Edin.: University of Edinburgh)H-Index: 4
Last.Dan van der Horst (Edin.: University of Edinburgh)H-Index: 23
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Technological advances have led to new offerings in home heating systems and to a market that is becoming saturated with variants of “smart” thermostats. But does this seemingly growing market have a growing audience? In this talk I will present quantitative and qualitative data from a large scale survey (N=1007) that investigates the appeal of smart thermostats to prospective consumers. Findings from the survey indicate confusion about what “smart” means and a general apathy for smart thermosta...
In this paper we describe the development of a measurement of tendency towards displaying a comfortable behavior style, and/or an experimental behavior style across two studies. A comfortable behavioral style involves sticking to habits and routines, while an experimental behavior style involves being inclined to try out new ideas, actions or experiences. Study 1 involved developing the items, and determining the factor structure of the items using a student sample (N = 189, 85 male and 104 fema...
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#1Becky Mallaband (Lboro: Loughborough University)H-Index: 8
#2Georgina Wood (Coventry University)H-Index: 4
Last.Elizabeth Gabe-Thomas (University of Bath)H-Index: 5
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Cross-disciplinary research is essential in understanding and reducing energy usage, however the reality of this collaboration comes with many challenges. This paper provides an insight into the integration of social science in energy research, drawing on the expertise and first hand experiences of a range of social science researchers (predominantly Early Career Researchers (ECRs)) working on UK cross-disciplinary projects in energy demand. These researchers, participants in a workshop dedicate...
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#1Kathryn Buchanan (University of Essex)H-Index: 7
#2Nick BanksH-Index: 1
Last.Riccardo Russo (University of Essex)H-Index: 29
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#1Kathryn BuchananH-Index: 7
#2Riccardo RussoH-Index: 29
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#1Kathryn Buchanan (University of Essex)H-Index: 7
#2Nick BanksH-Index: 1
Last.Riccardo Russo (University of Essex)H-Index: 29
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Consumer acceptance of smart meters remains crucial in achieving the potential carbon emission reductions offered by advanced metering infrastructures. Given this, the present research used deliberative focus groups to examine what is needed to secure acceptance and engagement from domestic consumers with services, products and ‘offers’ in smarter power systems. Our findings suggest that consumers are able to identify not just threats relating to smart metering initiatives but opportunities as w...
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#1Kathryn BuchananH-Index: 7
Smart meters are paving the way for a smarter future where automated appliances and intelligent energy systems present ample opportunities for effortless energy efficiency.In this view of the future, smart self-learning systems will optimize a home’s heating, switch off forgotten devices, and schedule high demand consumption for low demand periods. However, to ensure that such a smart vision canbecome a smart reality, it is vital to understand potential future customers’ reaction to ‘smart autom...
#1Kathryn Buchanan (University of Essex)H-Index: 7
#2Riccardo Russo (University of Essex)H-Index: 29
The present research examined whether the environmental responsibility and actions attributed to large scale organizations, such as the government, can influence people's environmental efforts. In particular, we examined whether people increase or decrease their willingness to enact energy conservation behaviors (ECB) when there is a shortfall between others' actions and their responsibility. In Studies 1 and 2 we found that willingness to enact ECB was positively correlated with judgements abou...
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