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An awareness campaign regarding energy consumption for the UT-community

Weert, T. van (2021) An awareness campaign regarding energy consumption for the UT-community.

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Abstract:This objective is constructed by the UT because an objective is to reduce the CO2 footprint by 49% in 2030. The department Campus and Facility Management (CFM) is responsible for the CO2 emission. To realise a reduction in CO2 footprint, CFM is automating buildings and makes buildings more durable. However, 40% of the CO2 consumption is due to human behaviour and cannot be reduced by automating buildings. To decrease the CO2 footprint, the UT-community needs to behave differently. By applying the Trans Theoretical Model of behavioural change, it is possible to change the individual’s behaviour. This research focusses on the first three stages of this model, which in the end, is aimed to create awareness among the UT-community. To create awareness among the UT-community an Energy Buddy as campaigning tool was developed. This Energy Buddy was developed using exploratory design approaches through different idea generation methods. The Energy Buddy is a buddy of an individual and monitors the individual’s electricity consumption. The Energy Buddy is designed with the aid of requirements, which have been derived from interview with CFM and the UT-community. Furthermore, elements from the state of the art research and the Transtheoretical Model have been integrated into the requirements. With the aid of scenario-based design, architectural diagrams and a flow-chart the method of the Energy Buddy has been clarified. According to the electricity consumption the Energy Buddy changes its emotional state, makes sounds, shows signs, shows gestures, vibrates, glows and shows signs. These interaction methods are implemented in such a way that the requirements are met. The Energy Buddy was tested with the aid of a usability test which consists of an observation and a survey. The Energy Buddy was tested among the target-group and is appreciated. Especially the interaction and triggering resulted in a personalized Energy Buddy which was appreciated by the participants. With the aid of a statistical test, the Energy Buddy was proven to increase awareness among the UT-community.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:50 technical science in general
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
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