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Smart metering infrastructure for residential water efficiency: Results of a trial in a behavioural change program in Perth, Western Australia

Anda, M., Le Gay Brereton, F., Brennan, J. and Paskett, E. (2013) Smart metering infrastructure for residential water efficiency: Results of a trial in a behavioural change program in Perth, Western Australia. In: Proceedings of the First International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Sustainability, 14 - 16 February, Zurich, Switzerland.

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Abstract

A smart metering trial was incorporated into a residential water efficiency project in Perth, Western Australia. The H2ome Smart program by the Water Corporation and its contractor ENV Australia Pty Ltd engaged 12,000 households in selected suburbs of the Perth metropolitan area. Smart meters are an informative and educational tool that allows households to instantaneously view personal real-time water use feedback. From the most apparently active H2ome Smart participants nine agreed, after a selection process, to participate in the Greensense smart metering trial with the tenth participant being local television sustainable gardening celebrity Josh Byrne. It is interesting to note the patterns in water use before households could view their dashboards and after they had access their dashboard and had a few days to understand the real-time data and patterns in water use. By comparing these two separate date ranges we can see the differences that access to real-time water use data can make on water use behaviours. Now at the conclusion of the program the team has collated all water use data and feedback from the participants to complete a final analysis demonstrating the outcomes of the challenge including its advantages/ disadvantages and opportunities/ constraints for the future.

Publication Type: Conference Item
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Publisher: ETH Zurich
Copyright: © 2013 by the authors
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/22422
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