In addition, the financial benefit that is a determinant factor for the adoption of “green” technologies and best practices is also generally difficult to be accurately estimated and appreciated.
Consumer behavior is an important factor that determines the overall energy consumption of buildings, and may be improved through energy awareness. Results reports indicate that energy-efficiency behaviors account for 51% and 37% of the variance in heat and electricity consumption between buildings, respectively. An energy consumer that is able to know in real time the energy consumption that his/her behavior is causing and compare it to that of other similar users is more likely to initiate changes. The term energy awareness implies the training of a user in terms of understanding how much his actions and his use of appliances contributes to total consumption, and helping him plan specific actions that could lower consumption in a quantifiable way
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