Climate-smart information design: Visualizing residential electricity use over the Internet
Journal article, 2011

In light of global warming, energy conservation is indispensable. Residential electricity use nevertheless escapes consumers’ notice. Thus feedback is essential, yet households’ access to information is extremely limited. Smart metering makes continuous feedback over the Internet possible, but users perceive existing web tools to be inaccessible and incomprehensible. Hence the aim has been to design a user interface to increase awareness and energy efficiency in households. Ease of access and straightforwardness has been established as key factors and conventional bar charts in combination with colour coding have proved useful in this respect.

statistics service

electricity consumption

user interface

feedback

information design

software tool

visualization

Internet

Author

Cajsa Bartusch

Thomas Porathe

Chalmers, Shipping and Marine Technology, Division of Maritime Operations, Ship Work Environment and Safety

Information Design Journal

0142-5471 (ISSN) 1569-979X (eISSN)

Vol. 19 1 3-17

Areas of Advance

Information and Communication Technology

Energy

Subject Categories

Computer and Information Science

DOI

10.1075/idj.19.1.02bar

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Created

10/8/2017