Competitive carbon counting: can social networking sites Make saving energy more enjoyable?

Foster, Derek and Blythe, Mark and Cairns, Paul and Lawson, Shaun (2010) Competitive carbon counting: can social networking sites Make saving energy more enjoyable? In: Proceedings of the 28th of the international conference extended abstracts on Human factors in computing systems, CHI 2010, April 2010, Atlanta, Georgia.

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This paper reports on the design, deployment and initial evaluation of “Wattsup”, an innovative Facebook application which displays live data from a commercial off-the-shelf energy monitor. The Wattsup application was deployed and trialled in eight homes over an eighteen day period in two conditions - personal energy data viewable and friend’s energy data viewable. A significant reduction in energy was observed in the socially enabled condition. The paper argues that socially-mediated discussion and competition made for a more enjoyable user experience.
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Abstract

This paper reports on the design, deployment and initial
evaluation of “Wattsup”, an innovative Facebook
application which displays live data from a commercial
off-the-shelf energy monitor. The Wattsup application
was deployed and trialled in eight homes over an
eighteen day period in two conditions - personal energy
data viewable and friend’s energy data viewable. A
significant reduction in energy was observed in the
socially enabled condition. The paper argues that
socially-mediated discussion and competition made for
a more enjoyable user experience.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information:This paper reports on the design, deployment and initial evaluation of “Wattsup”, an innovative Facebook application which displays live data from a commercial off-the-shelf energy monitor. The Wattsup application was deployed and trialled in eight homes over an eighteen day period in two conditions - personal energy data viewable and friend’s energy data viewable. A significant reduction in energy was observed in the socially enabled condition. The paper argues that socially-mediated discussion and competition made for a more enjoyable user experience.
Keywords:energy, persuasive technology, sustainability, social networks, Facebook, Design, Human factors, Energy saving
Subjects:G Mathematical and Computer Sciences > G440 Human-computer Interaction
G Mathematical and Computer Sciences > G400 Computer Science
Divisions:College of Science > School of Computer Science
ID Code:2319
Deposited By: Derek Foster
Deposited On:20 Apr 2010 07:47
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 08:35

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