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Energy consumptive behaviors in the home - research

  1. 1. Energy Consumptive Behaviors in the Home - Research<br />Gianfranco Villagomez<br />
  2. 2. First response for energy consumption – kitchen appliances<br />Always keeps can opener and toaster plugged in<br />Culture in the home: Turn off lights when leaving a room – have to instruct children to do so<br />Try to keep windows open before using the AC<br />During winter, they keep the house a bit warmer because of children (72 degrees during the day, 68 when people are in bed)<br />Automated thermostat<br />Heat spreads evenly throughout the house. Warmer in kitchen because of oven.<br />“As we grow older, we have a better understanding to conserve energy”<br />Replaced light bulbs with energy efficient one. <br />“… Cause we just moved in, our bill seems higher” <br />What I saw<br />Sheila Rader<br />
  3. 3. Renting house<br />Energy for air conditioning & heating, powering appliances (“dishwasher & stuff”)<br />To conserve energy they usually turn the thermostat down and turn off lights. Open blinds for sunlight. <br />“Is difficult to monitor everything when your other roommate leaves everything on”<br />Fan and porch light were on since last night. Realized when talking about energy<br />“If the kitchen light is on and I’m already upstairs, probably won’t come down to turn it off”<br />“it would be cool to have something to read the wattage used in everything and control stuff from there”<br />The windows don’t conserve any energy.<br />What I saw<br />Scott Wayland & Jerry Wang<br />
  4. 4. Thermostat control very accessible<br />“High ceilings”<br />Previous house was very “drafty” and they had to “redo everyday cause you lost the heat easily”<br />“Back home, my dad was in charge of controlling the energy”<br />Scotts parent’s house – digital read thermostat<br />What I saw<br />Scott Wayland & Jerry Wang<br />
  5. 5. Keep the temperature reasonably low during the winter <br />Assemble in the living room and use fireplace/heater<br />Usually colder in the kitchen downstairs (next to sliding doors to garden)and bedroom<br />Turn off lights in rooms not in use<br />Open windows during the summer<br />Usually Clair is the one who regulates the temperature <br />What I saw<br />Patti & Clair Habluetzel<br />
  6. 6. Energy as electricity & gas<br />Automated system controlled by dad<br />2 floors + attic + basement<br />2 years ago replaced windows<br />Conservation of heat <br />Tax breaks <br />Lights off if not in use, open windows and open blinds if sunny.<br />“We usually try to keep the system off as much as possible”<br />Attic – outside temp.<br />Basement – cool all year<br />During winter, the house usually stay cold during the day but bump up 3 to 4 degrees at night<br />Use of space heaters when in a room “for your feet” because of “cheaper electricity”. Don’t want gas bill to go up.<br />What I saw<br />Sean Miller<br />
  7. 7. Conservation of energy - repeated concepts<br />Turn off lights when leaving a room<br />Open blinds for sunlight<br />Turn thermostat down<br />Open windows<br />Tax breaks for installing heat conservation windows<br />See energy as heating & cooling and powering appliances<br />Keep home warmer if younger children are present.<br />Use of space heaters vs. general heater.<br />Gas vs. Electricity <br />In a family home, usually one person is given the task of regulating temperature<br />In a roommate situation, the drive to conserve energy varies between roommates<br />What I learned<br />
  8. 8. Same energy conservation principles learned<br />According to interviewees, higher correlation between heat regulation/lighting and cost<br />Power for appliances are not generally taken in consideration <br /> Roommate home – cohabitation of different units <br />Family home – (generally) members as a single unit.<br />Localized heating (family home – assemble in a room) vs. general heating <br />Appliances as source of heat<br />What it means<br />
  9. 9. Major Accessibility/Control over energy consumption in the home. <br />Ex. Turn off light from a distant location<br />Cut power in a room. <br />Display the total amount of energy consumed progressively, over a period of time and by each appliance /function <br />Localized heating<br />What I can do<br />