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Beyond demand management : the value of sharing electricity information

Snow, Stephen & Brereton, Margot (2012) Beyond demand management : the value of sharing electricity information. In Proceedings of the BCS HCI 2012- People and Computers XXVI, ACM Digital Libraries, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, pp. 392-397.

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Abstract

Technologies such as smart meters and electricity feedback are becoming an increasingly compelling focus for HCI researchers in light of rising power prices and peak demand. We argue, however, that a pre-occupation with the goal of demand management has limited the scope of design for these technologies. In this paper we present our work-in-progress investigating the potential value of socially sharing electricity information as a means of broadening the scope of design for these devices. This paper outlines some preliminary findings gathered from a design workshop and a series of qualitative interviews with householders in Brisbane, Australia, regarding their attitudes towards electricity feedback and sharing consumption information. Preliminary findings suggest that;

(1) the social sharing of electricity feedback information has the potential to be of value in better informing consumption decisions, however;

(2) the potential for sharing may be constrained by attitudes towards privacy, trust and the possibility of misinformation being shared. We conclude by outlining ideas for our future research on this topic and invite comments on these ideas.

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ID Code: 53986
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Electricity, Feedback, sharing, privacy, smart meter
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Computer-Human Interaction (080602)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING (090600)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Stephen Snow & Margot Brereton
Copyright Statement: © The Authors. Published by BISL. Proceedings of the BCS HCI 2012 People & Computers XXVI, Birmingham, UK
Deposited On: 05 Oct 2012 07:59
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2012 18:02

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