Toward improving building user energy awareness

Yidan Zhang, Arnaud Prouzeau, Hourieh Khalajzadeh, Sarah Goodwin

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Raising awareness of users' energy consumption in non-residential buildings like offices or universities is an essential step toward a global decrease of energy use. A popular solution is to have a visual dashboard with general information about energy use on display to the public. While easy to implement, such solutions have been shown to not be very engaging for people and thus, mostly ignored. In this paper, we investigate the use of a mobile application as an alternative solution to a dashboard display, to increase energy awareness of building occupants. The application takes the form of a daily quiz about the building's energy consumption. We evaluate our solution in a field study in which we compare it to a dashboard display. Our results suggest that while both solutions increased energy awareness when used, and more generally the understanding of the building's energy behaviour, the mobile application was more engaging.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of The Eleventh ACM International Conference on Future Energy Systems
EditorsDan Wang, Ramesh Sitaraman
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781450380096
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020
EventInternational Conference on Future Energy Systems 2020 - Virtual, Australia
Duration: 22 Jun 202026 Jun 2020
Conference number: 11th (Proceedings) (Website)


ConferenceInternational Conference on Future Energy Systems 2020
Abbreviated titlee-Energy 2020
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  • Energy Awareness
  • Energy Dashboard
  • Mobile Application

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