The Energy AWARE Clock: Incorporating Electricity Use in the Social Interactions of Everyday Life
2009 (English)In: Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on Environmentally Conscious Design andInverse Manufacturing (EcoDesign 2009), 2009Conference paper (Other academic)
New interfaces to the energy system can facilitate changes of habits and provide means to control the household’s use of energy. In this paper, we look at energy use and such interfaces in the home from a socio-technical perspective. We describe how interviews and user observations can be used in combination with the theory of domestication to inform and inspire the design of interfaces to the energy system. As a result of our approach, we present the Energy AWARE Clock, an example of a new type of electricity meter that challenges the norm of how the electricity system is typically represented in the home. The Energy AWARE Clock makes use of a clock metaphor to vi sualise electricity-use in relation to time in everyday life. Energy-awareness products always challenge domestic social patterns and it is important to consider these aspects in the design process to find successful solutions for the future.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-67463OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-67463DiVA: diva2:410325
6th International Symposium on Environmentally Conscious Design and Inverse Manufacturing (EcoDesign 2009), 7–9 December 2009, Sapporo, Japan