Designing eco-feedback systems for everyday life

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Abstract

Eco-feedback systems currently frame householders as micro-resource managers, who weigh up the costs and benefits of their consumption, and make autonomous, rational and efficient decisions. Reporting on findings from a qualitative study of three Australian energy and water eco-feedback programs utilising an in-home display (IHD) system, this paper challenges this view. The research finds that householders consume energy and water to carry out everyday practices, such as showering, laundering and cooling, which are mediated by social, cultural, technical and institutional dynamics. The paper proposes an alternative design paradigm for eco-feedback systems premised on the realities of everyday life and identifies several design directions that emerge from this new starting point.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages2135-2144
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781450302289
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2011 - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 7 May 201112 May 2011
Conference number: 29th

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2011
Abbreviated titleCHI 2011
CountryCanada
CityVancouver
Period7/05/1112/05/11

Keywords

  • Consumption
  • Demand management
  • Eco-feedback
  • Energy
  • Smart meters
  • Sustainable HCI
  • Water

Cite this

Strengers, Y. (2011). Designing eco-feedback systems for everyday life. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 2135-2144). Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). https://doi.org/10.1145/1978942.1979252