Designing digital technologies for supporting energy-related behavior change in the kitchen.
The kitchen is a central hub for household energy- and resource use. Cooling, cooking and washing accounts for about 50% of the use of household electricity. Furthermore, the production of food requires a considerable amount of energy, where calculations show that the one-third of all food that becomes food waste accounts for about 2% of the energy consumption.
This project aims to design, develop and evaluate digital behavioral change tools to help households change energy and resource-intensive behaviors related to kitchen practices. The project is based on two major systematic research reviews on digital behavioral interventions on food and energy that we are currently undertaking. Unlike most studies in these reviews, we will base our solutions in behavioral change theory. We will mainly focus on the behavior change techniques “habit formation” and “goals and planning”, which have the greatest potential. We will develop both physical IoT tools and purely digital tools.