Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Spotted: Uncovering practices of making energy consumption accountable: A phenomenological inquiry

On the relationship of informational feedback and sustainability behavior. 

// published on ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI)-Current Issue // visit site

Uncovering practices of making energy consumption accountable: A phenomenological inquiry
Tobias Schwartz, Gunnar Stevens, Leonardo Ramirez, Volker Wulf

Reacting to the discussion on global warming, the HCI community has started to explore the design of tools to support responsible energy consumption. An important part of this research focuses on motivating energy savings by providing feedback tools which present consumption metrics interactively. In this line of work, the configuration of feedback has been mainly discussed using cognitive or behavioral factors. This narrow focus, however, misses a highly relevant perspective for the design of technology that supports sustainable lifestyles: to investigate the multiplicity of forms in which individuals or collectives actually consume energy. In this article, we broaden this focus, by taking a phenomenological lens to study how people use off-the-shelf eco-feedback systems in private households to make energy consumption accountable and explainable.

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