Energy feedback objects

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It is often assumed that providing occupants with feedback about their energy consumption will encourage them to understand their own contribution to energy consumption and stimulate them to save energy as a result. However, providing such feedback in the form of raw data is known to be too difficult for occupants to interpret. There are many examples where raw data has been replaced by easy to read data visualisations, communicated through metaphors, translated to specific tips, or even turned into playful interfaces and games. However, even such approaches often have short-lived impact on occupant behaviour, as they are often not embedded into complex social practices taking place in building environments, and providing individual feedback to occupants proves insufficient. The challenge of developing energy-feedback designs which may trigger lasting behaviour change by engaging social practices of building occupants was taken up by students following the “Interactive Technology Design” (ITD) course at the IDE faculty of TU Delft.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLiving Labs
Subtitle of host publicationDesign and Assessment of Sustainable Living
EditorsD.V. Keyson, O. Guerra-Santin, D. Lockton
Number of pages6
EditionPart VI
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-33527-8
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-33526-1
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Energy feedback
  • Interactive technology design

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    Jaskiewicz, T., van der Helm, A., & Keyson, D. (2017). Energy feedback objects. In D. V. Keyson, O. Guerra-Santin, & D. Lockton (Eds.), Living Labs: Design and Assessment of Sustainable Living (Part VI ed., pp. 325-330). Springer.