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MS Final Examination – Josie Hunter


Monday, September 23, 2013 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Studying Electricity Feedback for the Home with an Emphasis on the User
As non-renewable resources dwindle and costs increase, it becomes ever more important for people to understand and control their electricity usage. Eco-feedback devices are being developed to increase user awareness and reduce consumption. In order for feedback devices to be successfully adopted into the home, however, they must be appealing and show the desired information. The best way to accomplish this is to involve users in the design process. In this work, we discuss results from two studies on awareness feedback devices as viewed from three demographic groups. In the first, we interviewed potential end-users to gain insights into their current level of understanding about their own electricity use, motivations to conserve, and to learn about user preferences for a feedback device. We present our findings regarding current understanding, motivations, preferences for location, and views on ambient devices, among others. The second study consisted of three workshops in which we asked potential end users to design electricity feedback devices that they would want to use in their own homes. We present the resulting designs and discuss implications for designing feedback devices for the home.

Major Advisor: Ron Metoyer
Committee: Mike Bailey
Committee: Carlos Jensen
GCR: Arijit Sinha 


Kelley Engineering Center (campus map)
1114
Nicole Thompson
1 541 737 7234
Nicole.Thompson at oregonstate.edu
Sch Elect Engr/Comp Sci
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