Optimizing Electricity Consumption: A Case of Function Learning
2015 (English)In: Journal of experimental psychology. Applied, ISSN 1076-898X, E-ISSN 1939-2192, Vol. 21, no 4, 326-341 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
A popular way to improve consumers' control over their electricity consumption is by providing outcome feedback on the cost with in-home displays. Research on function learning, however, suggests that outcome feedback may not always be ideal for learning, especially if the feedback signal is noisy. In this study, we relate research on function learning to in-home displays and use a laboratory task simulating a household to investigate the role of outcome feedback and function learning on electricity optimization. Three function training schemes (FTSs) are presented that convey specific properties of the functions that relate the electricity consumption to the utility and cost. In Experiment 1, we compared learning from outcome feedback with 3 FTSs, 1 of which allowed maximization of the utility while keeping the budget, despite no feedback about the total monthly cost. In Experiment 2, we explored the combination of this FTS and outcome feedback. The results suggested that electricity optimization may be facilitated if feedback learning is preceded by a brief period of function training.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 21, no 4, 326-341 p.
function learning, electricity consumption, electricity optimization, in-home displays
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-272132DOI: 10.1037/xap0000056ISI: 000366318200002PubMedID: 26460677OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-272132DiVA: diva2:893164