"Human Factors" tag

The Human Aspect of Electric Grid Operation

Extreme weather events, technical and human failure, or sabotage (e.g., with weapons of mass destruction), can disrupt human infrastructure and impact the electrical grid, provoking cascading failures or blackouts that can affect millions…

Dr. Sachs looks over study data with two of CSE's Human Factors Fellows.

Simple and Intuitive Design, Human Behavior Drive Energy-Saving Technology Adoption

Fraunhofer CSE research shows that—in addition to the clever design of home energy management (HEM) technologies—human behavior is a key contributing factor to these products’ energy saving potential. Consequently, if designed in a…

With Programmable Thermostats, User-Friendliness Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Energy Savings

This week, Fraunhofer CSE presented preliminary results of a field study at the Garrison Institute’s “Climate, Buildings and Behavior Symposium”. In this project, partially funded by the US Department of Energy’s Building America Program, our…

Fraunhofer CSE intern Angela Qin analyzing residential thermostat data.

Through the Eyes of an Intern: Data Acquisition, Building Technology and Field Deployments

[Editor’s Note: Today we’ve got a guest post from former CSE intern Angela Qin, who reflects on her time at Fraunhofer and explains how her research into thermostat usability helped pave the way…

How Presentation Medium and Design Influence Energy-Saving Technology Adoption

Over the last few years many display technologies have come onto the home energy management (HEM) market that aim to provide feedback on residential energy consumption.  You may have heard of some of…

Moral Licensing: Side Effects of an Efficiency Campaign

A recent field study I conducted with colleagues at Fraunhofer CSE showed interesting potential side effects of an efficiency / environmental program. Last summer, we carried out a water conservation campaign at a apartment complex…

Reflecting on the 2011 Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference

Recently, several members of the Fraunhofer CSE Building Energy Efficiency Group were fortunate to attend the 2011 Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference in Washington, DC, convened by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, University…

The 4 Stages of Consumers’ Readiness for Energy Savings

[Today’s guest post comes to us from Kate Cheney and Caroline Duvier, two fellows from CSE’s Human Factors research team. Kate and Caroline are actively researching the impact human psychology and behavior has…

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