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Switch off the light in the living room, please! –Making eco-feedback meaningful through room context information

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Castelli, Nico (University of Siegen)
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Stevens, Gunnar (University of Siegen)
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Jakobi, Timo (University of Siegen)
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Schönau, Niko (University of Siegen)
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Chapter Resource and Energy Efficiency
Volume Proceedings of the 28th Conference on Environmental Informatics - Informatics for Environmental Protection, Sustainable Development and Risk Management
Conference EnviroInfo 2014 - ICT for Energy Effieciency
Oldenburg, 2014
Year 2014
Abstract of the Article
Residential and commercial buildings are responsible for about 40% of the EU’s total energy consumption.
However, conscious, sustainable use of this limited resource is hampered by a lack of
visibility and materiality of consumption. One of the major challenges is enabling consumers to
make informed decisions about energy consumption, thereby supporting the shift to sustainable actions.
With the use of Energy-Management-Systems it is possible to save up to 15%. In recent
years, design approaches have greatly diversified, but with the emergence of ubiquitous- and context-
aware computing, energy feedback solutions can be enriched with additional context information.
In this study, we present the concept “room as a context” for eco-feedback systems. We
investigate opportunities of making current state-of-the-art energy visualizations more meaningful
and demonstrate which new forms of visualizations can be created with this additional information.
Furthermore, we developed a prototype for android-based tablets, which includes some of
the presented features to study our design concepts in the wild.
Pages 589 - 596
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