Situation awareness and home energy reduction: a study

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Reducing home energy consumption is a complex activity involving commitment, planning, monitoring and revision. In other domains (aviation, emergency response), feedback devices supporting similarly complex activities have been shown to have multiple points of failure (Endsley 1995). Importantly for our academic- industrial-local government collaboration on the ENLITEN project, the identification of those failure points has been used as the basis for extending the support provided to the users of complex feedback systems. In this paper we examine the applicability (or otherwise) of literature describing situation awareness failure to home energy.

We report on a focus group set up to consider domestic energy reduction from the perspective of the situation awareness (SA) literature. The participants in that focus group reported multiple under-researched SA failures that impede their ability to reduce domestic consumption. We also report on the mitigation strategies that they employ/envisage when working around those failures.
The paper draws upon a multi-disciplinary research base (SA, human-computer interaction, design science), investigates failures in home energy reduction and proposes amendments to home energy feedback devices as a result. It contributes to discussions of home energy reduction and its impact on consumers economic, health and sustainability concerns.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSituation Awareness and Home Energy Reduction
Subtitle of host publicationA Study
Publication statusAcceptance date - 2015


  • Situation Awareness
  • Home Energy Reduction
  • Feedback
  • Design


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