A novel mixed method smart metering approach to reconciling differences between perceived and actual residential end use water consumption

Beal, Cara D., Stewart, Rodney A. and Fielding, Kelly (2013) A novel mixed method smart metering approach to reconciling differences between perceived and actual residential end use water consumption. Journal of Cleaner Production, 60 116-128. doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2011.09.007


Author Beal, Cara D.
Stewart, Rodney A.
Fielding, Kelly
Title A novel mixed method smart metering approach to reconciling differences between perceived and actual residential end use water consumption
Journal name Journal of Cleaner Production   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0959-6526
Publication date 2013-12
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jclepro.2011.09.007
Open Access Status
Volume 60
Start page 116
End page 128
Total pages 13
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier BV
Collection year 2014
Language eng
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 categories of end use and/or specific types of socio-demographic and socio-psychological 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 selfreported water diaries was completed for 252 households located in South-east Queensland, Australia. The study examined the contributions of end uses to total water use for each group that self-identified as "low", "medium" or "high" water users. A series of univariate tests (i.e. analysis of variance) were conducted to examine a range of variables that characterise each self-identified water usage group including age, income, percentage of water efficient stock (e.g. low-flow taps), family size and composition and water conservation intentions and attitudes. The level of information consumers receive on their water bill as well as the diurnal end use patterns were also examined. The paper concludes with a discussion of the general characteristics (i.e. income, age, gender and family composition) of groups that tended to overestimate or underestimate their water use and how this knowledge can be used to inform demand management policy such as targeted community education programmes and community-based social marketing. Further, the potential for positive economic and sustainable development outcomes from this research is also discussed.
Keyword Residential water consumption
Smart metres
Water use behaviour
Water use beliefs
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2014 Collection
School of Psychology Publications
 
Versions
Version Filter Type
Citation counts: TR Web of Science Citation Count  Cited 31 times in Thomson Reuters Web of Science Article | Citations
Scopus Citation Count Cited 37 times in Scopus Article | Citations
Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Created: Thu, 28 Nov 2013, 20:23:21 EST by System User on behalf of School of Psychology