Competitive carbon counting: Can social networking sites make saving energy more enjoyable?

Derek Foster*, Mark Blythe, Paul Cairns, Shaun Lawson

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2010 - The 28th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Conference Proceedings and Extended Abstracts
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, United States
PublisherACM
Pages4039-4044
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781605589312
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Apr 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event28th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2010 - Atlanta, GA, United States
Duration: 10 Apr 201015 Apr 2010

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings

Conference

Conference28th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2010
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAtlanta, GA
Period10/04/1015/04/10

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