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“Mama, It’s Peacetime!”: Planning, Shifting and Designing Activities in the Smart Grid Scenario
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Sustainable development, Environmental science and Engineering, Strategic Sustainability Studies. KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Centres, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Centres, Centre for Sustainable Communications, CESC.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1451-4187
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2017 (English)In: Proceedings of the Conference on Design and Semantics ofForm and Movement: Sense and Sensitivity, DeSForM 2017, INTECH, 2017, p. 134-147Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this paper, we describe a research-through-design (RtD) approach to investigate the potential of households’ electricity load balancing in the smart grid. Through the design probe “Peacetime”, householders explore peak hours as opportunities for serene and non-electricity consuming activities. During two weeks Peacetime was deployed in the homes of three households to explore an alternative framing of non-use of electricity to the commonly used framework for prompting people with feedback on their consumption. Households’ active load balancing included planning of, replacing, reorganizing and skipping everyday domestic activities. Results indicate that focus could be shifted from restricting electricity use to creating alternatives – leading to a positive framing of load balancing. The scenarios reflected in this paper differ from those of rational energy managers basing decisions of domestic life on complex facts and figures. Scenarios from the study portray how planning, reorganization, and time shifting of activities may be obtained with soft means emphasizing values of wellbeing and respect of the variation of households’ social contexts.

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INTECH, 2017. p. 134-147
Keywords [en]
sustainable HCI, sustainable design, smart grid, load management interaction design, research through design
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Human Aspects of ICT
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Information and Communication Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-212064DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.71129ISBN: 978-953-51-3588-3 (electronic)ISBN: 978-953-51-3587-6 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-212064DiVA, id: diva2:1150386
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DeSForM 2017. 10th International Conference on Design and Semantics of Form and Movement
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Swedish Energy Agency
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QC 20171102

Available from: 2017-10-18 Created: 2017-10-18 Last updated: 2018-04-26Bibliographically approved

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