Making sense of the measurement, feedback and control of energy

Colley, James Alexander (2016) Making sense of the measurement, feedback and control of energy. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.

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This thesis investigates the digital interventions that aim to promote a more sustainable future through reducing energy consumption and adds new understanding and perspectives to this domain. Through a review of related work within HCI and UbiComp, it surfaces the key principles within these interventions as being measurement, feedback and control.

The thesis discusses methods for addressing the need to understand the nature of measurement, feedback and control in the wild, considering cultural, informational and technology probes in addition to complementary fieldwork and contextual inquiry methods. Two technology probe studies were developed, focusing on widespread energy monitoring and thermal comfort and control in the workplace. The results from these studies highlight key issues which are presented and used to discuss the nature of measurement, feedback and control. Through this discussion, important issues for sustainability research are highlighted, contributing new understanding of the core principles of sustainability interventions and where appropriate new directions for design and future work within sustainability and HCI are suggested.

Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (PhD)
Supervisors: Rodden, Tom
Crabtree, Andy
Keywords: energy use, energy consumption, measurement, control, feedback, hci, energy conservation
Subjects: H Social sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Science > School of Computer Science
Item ID: 33896
Depositing User: Colley, James
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2016 12:05
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2018 06:49

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