Studying Always-On Electricity Feedback in the Home

TitleStudying Always-On Electricity Feedback in the Home
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsRiche, Y., J. E. Dodge, and R. A. Metoyer
Conference NameProceedings of the 28th international conference on Human factors in computing systems
Conference LocationAtlanta, GA
ISBN Number978-1-60558-929-9
Keywordsbehavior change, electricity feedback, home, participatory design

The recent emphasis on sustainability has made consumers more aware of their responsibility for saving resources, in particular, electricity. Consumers can better understand how to save electricity by gaining awareness of their consumption beyond the typical monthly bill. We conducted a study to understand consumers' awareness of energy consumption in the home and to determine their requirements for an interactive, always-on interface for exploring data to gain awareness of home energy consumption. In this paper, we describe a three-stage approach to supporting electricity conservation routines: raise awareness, inform complex changes, and maintain sustainable routines. We then present the findings from our study to support design implications for energy consumption feedback interfaces.