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What Can You Do with 100 kWh?: A Longitudinal Study of Using an Interactive Energy Comparison Tool to Increase Energy Awareness
KTH Royal Institute of Technology.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Technology, Department of computer science and media technology (CM).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0224-4960
2018 (English)In: Sustainability, ISSN 2071-1050, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 10, no 7, article id 2269Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Reducing the use of energy is important for several reasons, such as saving money and reducing impact on the climate. However, the awareness among non-experts of how much energy is required by different activities and appliances is generally low, which can lead to wrong prioritizations. In this study, we have developed an interactive tool to increase “energy awareness”, and performed a longitudinal study to evaluate its effect. A group of 58 students first did a test to benchmark their current energy awareness, where their current knowledge of energy used for 14 different activities, such as driving vehicles and using home appliances, was measured. They then tried the interactive learning tool for 10 min. Next, they did the same test immediately after trying the tool, then again one week after trying the tool, and finally again six months after trying the tool. The results showed a significant learning effect in energy awareness with a “huge” effect size of 2.25 immediately after the intervention, a “very large” effect size of 1.70 after one week, and a “large” effect size of 0.93 after six months. The results further showed that the respondents consistently underestimated what 100 kWh could be used for, and especially so for appliances and activities requiring little energy. Before the intervention, on average they underestimated how much 100 kWh could be used for by 95.2%, and six months after the intervention the underestimation was 86.8%.

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MDPI, 2018. Vol. 10, no 7, article id 2269
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Media and Communication Technology
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Computer and Information Sciences Computer Science, Media Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-77062DOI: 10.3390/su10072269ISI: 000440947600160Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85049384194OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-77062DiVA, id: diva2:1236912
Available from: 2018-08-06 Created: 2018-08-06 Last updated: 2019-08-29Bibliographically approved

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