In more detail, the BENEFFICE overall system incorporates:

A. Multi-disciplinary and multifactorial Energy-Users’ Behavioural Modelling.

  • Models that trace different socio-cultural, economic and demographic settings on energy efficiency for personalised guidance will be created and will continuously evolve to capture actual users’ characteristics and behavioural patterns.

B. Deployment of BENEFFICE hardware and software components (BENEFFICE H/w & S/w).

  • Deployment of cost-effective, plug-and-play-and-forget hardware (e.g. smart energy/metering sensing and smart home sensors) and supporting ICT components that include energy disaggregation, behavioural change recommender and backend visualisation, focusing as well in enhancing the user experience for adopting CO2 Credits.

C. Optimized use of micro-generation.

  • BENEFFICE targets the qualitative dimension of energy efficiency by promoting the concept of “green-scheduling” to maximize energy consumption by using renewable resources.

D. Large scale and long term, quantitative and qualitative validation.

  • Large scale and long term energy consumption monitoring applied in different socio-cultural, economic and demographic settings in 3 countries.

E. Innovative business models based on complementary currency.

  • Novel approach to business modelling stimulating customers to make progress along their personalised energy pathways by building on existing digital currency initiatives, in order to: (a) develop new business models with major energy supplier(s) to stimulate the generation of CO2 Credits by BENEFFICE customers, and (b) enhance the demand for CO2 Credits through voluntary carbon offsetting by partner businesses.