Big, hot, or bright? Integrating cues to perceive home energy use

AbstractDespite constantly using energy and having extensive interactions with household appliances, people consistently mis-estimate the amount of energy that is used by home appliances. Since many forms of energy used are not directly perceptible, and since the amount of energy that is being used by an appliance is often difficult to infer from appearances alone, people often rely on cues. Some of these cues are more reliable than others and previous literature has investigated which of these cues people rely on. However, past literature has always studied proximal cues in isolation—confounded by the fact that many of these features correlate. The following study attempts to determine which features, when multiple features are taken in conjunction, matter most in people’s estimations of energy use.

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