PsychNology Journal, Volume 9, Number 1, 29 – 41
The Design Space of Personal Energy Conservation Assistants
Fachhochschule Bielefeld, Germany
There are many routes to reduce one's energy footprint, ranging from picking the right means of transportation to switching off the heating when leaving a room to choosing sea- sonal local food. Many of these options, however, cannot be selected in an automated fash- ion, but require a deliberate decision. Pervasive computer systems may support this pro- cess, acting as personal energy conservation assistants. Such solutions can be character- ized by a range of properties including the degree of obtrusiveness, data privacy, and coor- dination with utilities or domestic power generators. Along with discussing dimensions of the design space, this paper points out existing approaches and avenues for future research.
KEYWORDS: energy efficiency, pervasive computing, persuasive computing