Nowadays there are numerous data and energy end-user generated information available, captured from inhome equipment and sensors (like smart meters and heat metering tools, smart plugs, smart appliances and energy-aware products, intelligent controls and building automation). However, this data is often not available or understandable for energy end-users, especially residents.
At the same time, there are already many products commercially available that can be used for cost-effective monitoring with various level of feedback to consumers. The challenge however is how to utilize all the possible benefits, how to avoid too much cognitive load and how to make sure (or increase the probability) that end-users are actually using ICT based tools and solutions. Energy or environment as such are not attractive driving factors for changing user behaviour. Yet, combining information on energy use and behaviour with other relevant information such as the actual indoor environmental quality, personal health (and the relation with energy and behaviour patterns), eventually combined with other attractive life style information can be used to catch the interest of consumers and even more important maintain their new habits and interest on the long term.