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Per-appliance energy feedback as a moving target
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Electric Power and Energy Systems.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Media Technology and Interaction Design, MID.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Media Technology and Interaction Design, MID.
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Energy Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1974-1100
2019 (English)In: Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on ICT for Sustainability, CEUR-WS , 2019, Vol. 2382Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Energy feedback through interactive technologies is often proposed as a major approach to reduce household energy consumption and carbon footprint. However, this vision is challenged by critics. This paper seeks to inform this debate through a case study of an advanced energy feedback device providing runtime and de-aggregated per-appliance feedback through a smartphone app. This study, based on 15 contextual interviews, aims to investigate how users understand and act on the various levels of feedback received from the device and the resulting impact on user behaviour. We found that appliance detection can be a “moving target” that hampers the intended aims of energy feedback, as it reduces user understanding of the technology. The lack of understanding was further deepened by unrelated supplementary functionality added in the package, in the form of smart plugs. Despite gaining a better understanding of their energy consumption, the users felt limited in terms of their ability to change their behaviour considerably.

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CEUR-WS , 2019. Vol. 2382
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CEUR Workshop Proceedings, ISSN 1613-0073 ; 2382
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Interaction Technologies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-257753Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85067813374OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-257753DiVA, id: diva2:1348059
Conference
6th International Conference on ICT for Sustainability, ICT4S 2019; Lappeenranta; Finland; 10 June 2019 through 14 June 2019
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QC 20190909

Available from: 2019-09-03 Created: 2019-09-03 Last updated: 2019-09-09Bibliographically approved

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