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Promoting Sustainable Energy Consumption Behavior through Interactive Data Visualizations

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Faculty of Computer Science, University of Applied Sciences Augsburg, 86161 Augsburg, Germany
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School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Aalto University, 02150 Espoo, Finland
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Multimodal Technologies Interact. 2019, 3(3), 56; https://doi.org/10.3390/mti3030056
Received: 1 June 2019 / Revised: 17 July 2019 / Accepted: 18 July 2019 / Published: 21 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Interactive Visualizations for Sustainability)
With an increasing worldwide need for energy and the ever-decreasing availability of energy resources, a wide range of interactive visualizations are being developed to allow people to use energy more efficiently by monitoring their consumption patterns and changing their energy usage behavior. For these visualizations to achieve their aim, they must not only target people’s energy saving objectives but also support the necessary factors that help people to change their underlying energy consumption behavior. In this paper, we survey several categories of existing interactive energy visualizations and through a number of selected examples in each case, identify possible potentials for supporting any user behavior changes. For this survey, we have used the behavior change model originally proposed by B. J. Fogg, which defines three factors of motivation, trigger and ability. Our survey has shown that most existing interactive visualizations target the motivation factor, with some supporting trigger or ability and only a few dealing with all the three factors of the behavior change model. View Full-Text
Keywords: energy data visualizations; information visualizations; interactive visualizations; visual interfaces; visual design; sustainability; energy consumption monitoring; behavior change energy data visualizations; information visualizations; interactive visualizations; visual interfaces; visual design; sustainability; energy consumption monitoring; behavior change
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Rist, T.; Masoodian, M. Promoting Sustainable Energy Consumption Behavior through Interactive Data Visualizations. Multimodal Technologies Interact. 2019, 3, 56.

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