Energy@home: Energy Monitoring in Everyday Life
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%.
KeywordsEnergy User Experience Persuasive Stimuli User Interface Changing behavior
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