Location of Repository

Wattsup? Motivating reductions in domestic energy consumption using social networks

By Derek Foster, Shaun Lawson, Mark Blythe and Paul Cairns

Abstract

This paper reports on the design, deployment and evaluation of “Wattsup”, an innovative application which displays live autonomously logged data from the Wattson energy monitor, allowing users to compare domestic energy consumption on Facebook. Discussions and sketches from a workshop with Facebook users were used to develop a final design implemented using the Facebook API. Wattson energy monitors and the Wattsup app were deployed and trialled in eight homes over an eighteen day period in two conditions. In the first condition participants could only access their personal energy data, whilst in the second they could access each others’ data to make comparisons. A significant reduction in energy was observed in the socially enabled condition. Comments on discussion boards and semi-structured interviews with the participants indicated that the element of competition helped motivate energy savings. The paper argues that socially-mediated banter and competition made for a more enjoyable user experience

Topics: G440 Human-computer Interaction, G400 Computer Science
Publisher: ACM
Year: 2010
DOI identifier: 10.1145/1868914.1868938
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lincoln.ac.uk:3155

Suggested articles

Preview

Citations

  1. 10 Billion Facebook Photos – Is That Ecologically Sustainable? Trendspotting Blog.
  2. (2009). A robot that says bad!: using negative and positive social feedback from a robotic agent to save energy. doi
  3. A Study into the Development of Sustainability Rating for Homes.
  4. (2002). An Experiment on Public Speaking Anxiety in Response to Three Different Types of Virtual Audience. doi
  5. (1998). Basics of Qualitative Research: techniques and procedures for developing grounded theory. doi
  6. (2008). Breaking the Disposable Technology Paradigm: Opportunities for Sustainable Interaction Design for Mobile Phones. doi
  7. (2009). Can ambient persuasive technology persuade unconsciously?: using subliminal feedback to influence energy consumption ratings of household appliances. doi
  8. (2007). Dealing with the veiled devil: eco-responsible computing strategy. doi
  9. (2006). Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Autumn Performance Report
  10. (2006). Design requirements for technologies that encourage physical activity. doi
  11. (2007). Environmental Sustainability and Interaction. doi
  12. Facebook | doi
  13. (2009). Facebook App Measures Your Carbon Footprint. Computer Weekly,
  14. Facebook‟s Insatiatible Hunger for Hardware.
  15. (2008). Feedback on household electricity consumption: a tool for saving energy? doi
  16. (2008). For They Know Not What They Do: Enjoyment as a Political Factor.
  17. Fourth Assessment Report: Working Group I Report “The Physical Science Basis” doi
  18. (2003). Funology: from usability to enjoyment. doi
  19. (2008). Getting to green: understanding resource consumption in the home. doi
  20. (2009). How Do You Define Unnecessary Travel. The Ecologist.
  21. (2002). Individualisation: institutionalized individualism and its social and political consequences. Sage London UK, doi
  22. (2009). Investigating the impact of a minimalist inhome energy consumption display. doi
  23. (2007). Leveraging Social Networks To Motivate Individuals to Reduce their Ecological Footprints. doi
  24. (2008). Looking at, looking up or keeping up with people?: motives and use of Facebook. doi
  25. (2003). Persuasive Technology – Using Computers to Change What We Think and Do. doi
  26. Preferences for Improving Energy Consumption Feedback.
  27. Print This Paper, Kill A Tree: Environmental Sustainability as a Research Topic for Human – Computer Interaction. Working paper from the Laboratory for Ubiquitous Computing and Interaction at UC
  28. (1993). Real World Research, 2 nd edn.
  29. (1993). Real World Research, 2nd edn.
  30. (2008). Research Methods for HumanComputer Interaction.
  31. Saving Energy on the Home Front
  32. Saving Trust‟s Response to the DTI Energy Review Consultation.
  33. (1997). Silicon sycophants: the effects of computers that flatter. doi
  34. (2008). Six Patterns for Persuasion in Online Social Networks. doi
  35. (2007). Sketching the User Experience: Getting the Design Right and the Right Design. Morgan Kaufman. doi
  36. (2008). Social Incentive & Eco-Visualization Displays: Toward Persuading Greater Change in Dormitory Communities.
  37. (2005). Software Engineering: A Practitioner’s Approach, 6 th edn.
  38. (2005). Software Engineering: A Practitioner’s Approach, 6th edn.
  39. (2007). Sustainable Interaction Design: Invention and Disposal, Renewal and Reuse. doi
  40. (2007). The Constructive, Destructive and Reconstructive Power of Social Norms. doi
  41. (2006). The effectiveness of feedback on energy consumption: A review for DEFRA of the literature on metering, billing and direct displays,
  42. (2008). The Hot Topic: How to Tackle Global Warming and Still Keep the Lights on.
  43. (2004). The impact of UK households on the environment through direct and indirect generation of greenhouse gases. Office for National Statistics,
  44. (1995). The need to belong: Desire for interpersonal attachments as a fundamental human motivation. doi
  45. (2005). The power-aware cord: energy awareness through ambient information display. doi
  46. (2006). The Revenge of Gaia. Basic Books, doi
  47. (2009). Three possible futures for persuasive technology. doi
  48. (1986). Two Theories of Home Heat Control, doi

To submit an update or takedown request for this paper, please submit an Update/Correction/Removal Request.