A new “energy conservation game” has been added to the PICS SFU energy workshops that allows children to understand power consumption within their homes using different forms of visualizations. This tool is being developed by Mengting Sun, a SFU SIAT graduate student, under the supervision of Dr. Lyn Bartram, and tested in the workshops. The premise of the research is that informing people about power and energy use is the first step toward encouraging conservation efforts. During the study, participants get to make decisions over everyday home activities, such as using cold or hot water in the laundry, turning lights on or off, and using the fan instead of the air-conditioner to cool the house.
The outcomes of those energy-related decisions then impact subsequent graphics. The feedback given will be used to fine-turn the game and its possible applications.
Piece from the PICS Newsletter - Fall 2013