More by Less - A user perspective on energy conservation in future electrical systems
Research Project , 2009 – 2016

A new electrical system is believed to be able to level off energy usage throughout the day and reduce the demands on high peak hours. In a broader perspective, the future electrical system can provide a flexible and momentary energy debiting, with the potential of encouraging households to wider engage in energy conservation, and on the long run influence users’ behaviour and attitudes. The project aims to explore and foster possibilities for a technological shift towards a future electrical system, in which the wattage use of appliances can be controlled and optimised to minimise energy consumption. The potential for a technological shift will be explored by investigating (i) how different stakeholders on the market, e.g. energy distributors, energy suppliers and product manufacturers, respond to different applications; and (ii) individual users’ attitudes and their motivation for engaging in energy conservation.


Ulrike Rahe (contact)

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Design and Human Factors

Anneli Selvefors

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Design and Human Factors


Stiftelsen Chalmers Industriteknik

Gothenburg, Sweden


​Zoliex AB

Funding Chalmers participation during 2009–2016

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