A practical review of energy saving technology for ageing populations

Guy Walker, Andrea Taylor, Craig Whittet, Craig Lynn, Catherine Docherty, Bruce Stephen, Edward Owens, Stuart Galloway

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Abstract

Fuel poverty is a critical issue for a globally ageing population. Longer heating/cooling requirements combine with declining incomes to create a problem in need of urgent attention. One solution is to deploy technology to help elderly users feel informed about their energy use, and empowered to take steps to make it more cost effective and efficient. This study subjects a broad cross section of energy monitoring and home automation products to a formal ergonomic analysis. A high level task analysis was used to guide a product walk through, and a toolkit approach was used thereafter to drive out further insights. The findings reveal a number of serious usability issues which prevent these products from successfully accessing an important target demographic and giving rise to beneficial energy saving and fuel poverty outcomes. Design principles and examples are distilled from the research to enable practitioners to translate the underlying research into high quality design-engineering solutions.
LanguageEnglish
Pages247-258
Number of pages12
JournalApplied Ergonomics
Volume62
Early online date23 Mar 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2017

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Keywords

  • design-led approaches
  • energy saving technology
  • older people
  • fuel poverty
  • elderly
  • ageing
  • heating
  • domestic energy behaviours

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Walker, Guy ; Taylor, Andrea ; Whittet, Craig ; Lynn, Craig ; Docherty, Catherine ; Stephen, Bruce ; Owens, Edward ; Galloway, Stuart. / A practical review of energy saving technology for ageing populations. In: Applied Ergonomics. 2017 ; Vol. 62. pp. 247-258.
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In: Applied Ergonomics, Vol. 62, 31.07.2017, p. 247-258.

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