Towards Engaged Consumption: New Sources of Inspiration for Eco-feedback Design

  • Stephen Snow
  • Margot Brereton
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8120)


Eco-feedback interventions are capable of producing reductions in household energy consumption. Yet less is known about exactly how this reduction is achieved, how to maximise user engagement, or how to effectively translate engagement into energy saving. This paper discusses design opportunities for eco-feedback systems through observations of domestic energy use in both Western and rural developing world contexts. Drawing on case studies from these two contexts including 21 empirical interviews, we present an alternative framework for human-resource interaction, highlighting design opportunities for a transition towards more engaged and sustainable energy consumption among users.


Eco-feedback resource use electricity engaged consumption 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen Snow
    • 1
  • Margot Brereton
    • 1
  1. 1.Queensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia

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