Using smart meters to identify social and technological impacts on residential water consumption

Beal, Cara, Stewart, Rodney A., Spinks, Anneliese and Fielding, Kelly (2011) Using smart meters to identify social and technological impacts on residential water consumption. Water Science and Technology: Water Supply, 11 5: 527-533. doi:10.2166/ws.2011.088


Author Beal, Cara
Stewart, Rodney A.
Spinks, Anneliese
Fielding, Kelly
Title Using smart meters to identify social and technological impacts on residential water consumption
Journal name Water Science and Technology: Water Supply   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1606-9749
1607-0798
Publication date 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.2166/ws.2011.088
Volume 11
Issue 5
Start page 527
End page 533
Total pages 7
Place of publication London United Kingdom
Publisher I W A Publishing
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Studies have shown that householders' perceptions of their water use are often not well matched with their actual water use. There has been less research, however, investigating whether this bias is related to specific types of end use and/or specific types of socio-demographic and socio-demographic household profiles. A high resolution smart metering study producing a detailed end use event registry as well as psycho-social and socio-demographic surveys, stock inventory audits and self-reported water diaries was completed for 250 households located in South-east Queensland, Australia. The study examined the contributions of end uses to total water use for each group identified as ‘low’, ‘medium’ or ‘high’ water users. Analyses were conducted to examine the socio-demographic variables such as income, percentage of water efficient stock, family size and composition, that characterise each self-identified water usage group. The paper concludes with a discussion of the general characteristics of groups that overestimate and underestimate their water use and how this knowledge can be used to inform demand management policy such as targeted community education programmes.
Keyword Attitudes
End uses
Micro component
Smart meters
Tace analysis
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: Institute for Social Science Research - Publications
 
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