Human-Computer Interaction Institute
School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University


Design Implications for Social-Energy Applications

Tawanna Dillahunt, Jen Mankoff

February 2012


Keywords: Human-computer interaction, needs validation, home energy monitoring, sustainability

Home-energy studies suggest that providing users with real-time and cross-household feedback may nudge users toward sustainable behaviors. Although methods of comparison yield significant savings, only a limited amount of home-energy research has explored social communication with feedback devices. Inspired by our prior energy studies in low-income communities, we present the results of a needs-validation study and provide design implications for real-time, community-based feedback displays.

13 pages

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