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Motivating water conservation with low-cost water flow sensing and persuasive displays

Anastasia Kuznetsov, Eric Paulos

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Abstract

Water is our most precious and most rapidly declining natural resource. We explore pervasive technology as an approach for promoting water conservation in public and private spaces. We hope to motivate immediate reduction in water use as well as higher-order behaviors (seeking new information, etc) through unobtrusive low-cost water flow sensing and several persuasive displays. Early prototypes were installed at public faucets and a private (shared) shower, logging water usage first without and then with ambient displays. This pilot study led to design iterations, culminating in long-term deployment of sensors in four private showers over the course of three weeks. Sensors first logged baseline water usage without visualization. Then, two display styles, ambient and numeric, were deployed in random order, each showing individual and average water consumption. Quantitative data along with participants' feedback contrast the effectiveness of numeric displays against abstract visualization in this very important domain of water conservation and public health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings
Pages1851-1860
Number of pages10
Volume3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event28th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2010 - Atlanta, GA, United States
Duration: Apr 10 2010Apr 15 2010

Other

Other28th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2010
CountryUnited States
CityAtlanta, GA
Period4/10/104/15/10

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Water conservation
Display devices
Costs
Water
Visualization
Sensors
Public health
Natural resources
Feedback

Keywords

  • ambient displays
  • persuasive technology
  • sustainability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Software

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Kuznetsov, A., & Paulos, E. (2010). UpStream: Motivating water conservation with low-cost water flow sensing and persuasive displays. In Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings (Vol. 3, pp. 1851-1860) https://doi.org/10.1145/1753326.1753604

UpStream : Motivating water conservation with low-cost water flow sensing and persuasive displays. / Kuznetsov, Anastasia; Paulos, Eric.

Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings. Vol. 3 2010. p. 1851-1860.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Kuznetsov, A & Paulos, E 2010, UpStream: Motivating water conservation with low-cost water flow sensing and persuasive displays. in Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings. vol. 3, pp. 1851-1860, 28th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2010, Atlanta, GA, United States, 4/10/10. https://doi.org/10.1145/1753326.1753604
Kuznetsov A, Paulos E. UpStream: Motivating water conservation with low-cost water flow sensing and persuasive displays. In Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings. Vol. 3. 2010. p. 1851-1860 https://doi.org/10.1145/1753326.1753604
Kuznetsov, Anastasia ; Paulos, Eric. / UpStream : Motivating water conservation with low-cost water flow sensing and persuasive displays. Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings. Vol. 3 2010. pp. 1851-1860
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