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Changing the Environment for Sustainable Living: Reflect or Change?

Otisitswe, L.C. (2020) Changing the Environment for Sustainable Living: Reflect or Change?

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Abstract:Water scarcity is becoming more and more evident and thus becoming a more pressing issue. However, water is not being treated as such a scarce resource with its conservation lacking. It was discovered that people consume water the most during showers thus systems have been developed aimed at reducing the consumption in the shower. The paper investigates persuasive technology strategies and how to use them to create a nudge which aims at changing attitudes and behaviours in the shower and use less water. It was discovered from different systems that different people have different motivations to perform conservation behaviour and thus a system aimed at being able to motivate all users to conserve water was designed and built. The paper yielded the shower games system which uses social comparisons, goal setting, feedback, and ambient displays to enable participants to see their water consumption in the shower and compare it to other participants in the household in form of a game where each participant sets a target water consumption (goal) and gains points if they are able to keep their daily water expenditure bellow their set goal. The implementation of the shower games as all participants were able to consume below their goals and achieving the maximum amount of points even though each participant had different motivations to partake in the shower games.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:43 environmental science, 70 social sciences in general, 77 psychology
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
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