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Title: Cooking behaviours: a user observation study to understand energy use and motivate savings
Authors: Oliveira, Luis C.R.
Mitchell, Val
Badni, Kevin
Keywords: Energy saving
User observation
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: © IOS Press and the authors
Citation: OLIVEIRA, L.C., MITCHELL, V. and BADNI, K., 2012. Cooking behaviours: a user observation study to understand energy use and motivate savings. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation, 41 (supplement 1), pp.2122-2128.
Abstract: Electric cookers are one of the highest energy consuming domestic appliances, and there are several aspects that can influence the amount of energy used when preparing a meal. Appliance characteristics are shown to influence consumption, but human factors play an important role in the overall electricity usage. A user observation study was conducted among uni-versity students to understand how they use electric cookers. They were asked to perform a specific cooking task, and the elec-tricity usage was measured. Participants’ behaviours were analysed and compared with a set of energy saving techniques. Ap-pliance characteristics that influenced how students use energy were also investigated. The results show that users performed the task in several different ways, presenting diverse energy consumption, the average being 3 times above the necessary to complete the task. This information is now informing the design of interventions to motivate people to change their behaviours whilst cooking.
Description: This article was published in the journal, Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation [© IOS Press]: http://www.iospress.nl/journal/work/
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.3233/WOR-2012-1016-2122
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/12241
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/WOR-2012-1016-2122
ISSN: 1051-9815
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