Energy intervention designs for the Grundfos dorm

2013.12.17 | Marianne Dammand Iversen

As a part of the EcoSense project, the Alexandra Institute has launched a project at the Grundfos dormitory to examine how to best get students to reduce their energy consumption. The project aims to motivate students to reduce energy consumption by making energy user-oriented. "We must listen to the users' motivation rather than dictate green goals," says Johanne Mose Entwistle, anthropologist at the Alexandra Institute. The project involves three concepts that we will try to integrate into the students' everyday lives: 1. A forecasting app where residents will receive energy forecasts that show the best time to use energy and which explores gaming and monetary incentives for motivating them to act accordingly, 2. a "resource sharing" app to support the residents in sharing resources like meal preparation and car rides, 3. an App to compare residents' perceptions of indoor comfort with environmental sensor data. Before Christmas there will be a decision about which concepts to move forward with. In the spring, the project expects to have prototypes ready for field testing in the Grundfos dormitory.

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