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Energy@home: Energy Monitoring in Everyday Life

  • Stefano Corgnati
  • Elena Guercio
  • Simona D’Oca
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8515)

Abstract

Goal of the research is to assess evaluations of the innovative smart monitoring system Energy@home for domestic electricity consumption. Aim of the Energy@home system is to provide householders with a persuasive tool that allows to manage energy consumption more efficiently. A combination of persuasive communication strategies such as graphical real-time and historical feedbacks to encourage competitiveness against “similar” households are provided to users through domestic user-friendly interfaces and combined with personalized energy saving prompts sent via newsletters. The Energy@home system was tested on 52 users selected all over Italy. From the qualitative standpoint, the system was evaluated easy to use and useful from 95% of trial users. The average system evaluation on a 1-to-10 scale was 7.8. From the quantitative standpoint, the Energy@home system motivated domestic consumer to save more than 9% in the electricity bill and emerged as an effective tool in reducing stand-by consumption on average above 15%.

Keywords

Energy User Experience Persuasive Stimuli User Interface Changing behavior 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefano Corgnati
    • 1
  • Elena Guercio
    • 2
  • Simona D’Oca
    • 1
  1. 1.TEBE Research Group, Department of EnergeticsPolitecnico di TorinoTorinoItaly
  2. 2.Research & PrototypingTelecom ItaliaTorinoItaly

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