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posted on 09.01.2012, 13:44 authored by Luis C.R. Oliveira, Val MitchellVal Mitchell, Kevin Badni
People's behaviours play an important role in energy consumption, especially whilst dealing with high consumption, highly interactive appliances such as cookers. In a user observation study conducted among university students, participants were asked to perform a simple cooking task. Their behaviours were analysed and compared with a set of recommended practices. The electricity usage and time to complete the activity were also measured. The results show that participants performed in several different ways, presenting diverse energy usage. The determinants of these behaviours were also collected, and will help to inform the design of interventions to motivate people to change their behaviours whilst cooking.



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OLIVEIRA, L.C.R., MITCHELL, V. and BADNI, K., 2011. Understanding cooking behaviours to design energy saving interventions. IN: CHIANG, T. and MORAN, F. (eds.) Buildings don't use energy, people do? Research Students' Conference on Domestic Energy Use and CO2 Emissions in Existing Dwellings. Bath: EDEn, University of Bath.


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This paper was presented at “Buildings Don't Use Energy, People Do?” – Domestic Energy Use and CO2 Emissions in Existing Dwellings conference, Bath, UK, 28 June 2011.