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Exploring reactions to widespread energy monitoring

Colley, James A.; Bedwell, Benjamin; Crabtree, Andy; Rodden, Tom


James A. Colley

Benjamin Bedwell

Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Research & Knowledge Exchange


This paper explores the measurement, apportionment and representation of widespread energy monitoring. We explicate the accountability to users of the data collected by this type of monitoring when it is presented to them as a single daylong picture. We developed a technology probe that combines energy measurement from the home, workplace and the journeys that connect these spaces. Through deployment of this probe with five users for one month we find that measurement need not be seamless for it to be accountable; that apportionment is key to making consumption for communal spaces accountable and that people can readily make useful inferences about their energy consumption from daylong pictures formed from widespread monitoring. Finally, we present four issues raised by the probe – the nature of real world monitoring, the dynamic and social nature of apportionment, disclosure of energy data and alignment of incentives with consumption – that need to be addressed in future research.


Colley, J. A., Bedwell, B., Crabtree, A., & Rodden, T. (2013). Exploring reactions to widespread energy monitoring. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-40498-6_6

Conference Name 14th IFIP Conference on Human-Computer Interaction-INERACT 2013
Start Date Sep 2, 2013
End Date Sep 7, 2013
Publication Date Sep 2, 2013
Deposit Date Nov 26, 2018
Publisher Springer Verlag
Volume 8210
Series Title Lecture Notes in Computer Science
ISBN 9783-642404979
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Additional Information Colley J.A., Bedwell B., Crabtree A., Rodden T. (2013) Exploring Reactions to Widespread Energy Monitoring. In: Kotzé P., Marsden G., Lindgaard G., Wesson J., Winckler M. (eds) Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2013. INTERACT 2013. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 8120. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg