Facilitating flexible electricity use in the home with eco-feedback and eco-forecasting

Jesper Kjeldskov, Mikael B. Skov, Jeni Paay, Dennis Lund, Tue Madsen, Michael Nielsen

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Over the last decade there has been an increased focus on changing domestic electricity consumption behaviors. While the usual approach has been to facilitate reduced consumption, recent work has started looking at facilitating more flexible electricity use as a means of shifting consumption to more favorable times. This approach means that people may behave more sustainably without necessarily using less electricity. Exploring this emerging approach, this paper presents a study of flexibility in domestic electricity use as facilitated by an eco-feedback system with forecast information about price, availability of green energy, and grid demand. The prototype system was deployed in three households for 22 weeks. Our findings show that flexible electricity use is far from trivial to achieve in domestic households. The details of this is relevant for understanding people's ability and willingness to shift electricity consumption, and for the design of systems that facilitate doing this.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOzCHI 2015
Subtitle of host publicationBeing Human - Conference Proceedings
EditorsMarcus Carter, Martin Gibbs, Wally Smith, Frank Vetere, Bernd Ploderer
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781450336734
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventAustralian Computer Human Interaction Conference 2015 - The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 7 Dec 201510 Dec 2015
Conference number: 27th
https://dl.acm.org/doi/proceedings/10.1145/2838739 (Proceedings)


ConferenceAustralian Computer Human Interaction Conference 2015
Abbreviated titleOZCHI 2015
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  • Domestic
  • Energy consumption
  • Flexibility
  • Sustainability

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