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Comfort and control : the relation between comfort and the kind of control in energy saving Smart Homes.

Terwort, J. (2015) Comfort and control : the relation between comfort and the kind of control in energy saving Smart Homes.

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Abstract:To prevent the climatic change it is necessary to reduce energy consumption in the domestic sector. Smart Home technology can help to reduce energy consumption, but it might have further positive and negative influences on the comfort of the user. The aim of this research is to determine the level of comfort potential Smart Home users accept while taking their optimal level of automated control in order to save energy into account. Therefore a qualitative research was done in March/April 2015 including a sample of 16 students and persons who recently finished their studies in Enschede or the surrounding area. Based on the answers given in the interviews two personas of potential Smart Home users could be created. These personas provide information on desires for comfort and automation in an energy saving Smart Home. In this research differences of level and kind of automated control users would think about as comfortable and acceptable were found. The acceptance of a level or kind of automated control regarding comfort is influenced by motivations like the possibility to save money and the personal attitude towards saving energy. In general users desire a level of comfort as high as possible.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/68549
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