When an eco-feedback system joins the family

Snow, Stephen, Vyas, Dhaval, & Brereton, Margot (2015) When an eco-feedback system joins the family. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 19(5-6), pp. 929-940.

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The dynamic, chaotic, intimate and social nature of family life presents many challenges when designing interactive systems in the household space. This paper presents findings from a whole-of-family approach to studying the use of an energy awareness and management system called “Ecosphere”. Using a novel methodology of inviting 12 families to create their own self-authored videos documenting their energy use, we report on the family dynamics and nuances of family life that shape and affect this use. Our findings suggest that the momentum of existing family dynamics in many cases obstructs behaviour change and renders some family members unaware of energy consumption despite the presence of an energy monitor display in the house. The implication for eco-feedback design is that it needs to recognise and respond to the kinds of family relations into which the system is embedded. In response, we suggest alternative ways of sharing energy-related information among families and incentivising engagement among teenagers.

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ID Code: 82026
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Family, Eco-feedback, Energy saving, Reassurance
DOI: 10.1007/s00779-015-0839-y
ISSN: 1617-4917
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright Springer-Verlag London 2015
Deposited On: 26 Feb 2015 03:26
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2016 00:36

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