Washing with the Wind: A Study of Scripting towards Sustainability

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Within sustainable HCI research, we have witnessed a growing interest in studying interaction designs that support households to ‘shift’ energy usage to times when it is sustainably favourable. In this paper, we investigate shifting through a purposely provocative and scripted design, which challenges the idea that renewable electricity is an always- available resource for households to consume. To do so, we made electricity for washing laundry either free or not available. We conducted a detailed qualitative study with four families that experienced our intervention for a month. We present five themes that illustrate how families adapted, reflected, and formed new routines and expectations related to washing practices. We discuss the broader implications of combining scripting and provocation as a means to intervene, disrupt and understand energy consuming practices within the home.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS '18, Proceedings of the 2018 Conference on Designing Interactive Systems
Number of pages14
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date9 Jun 2018
ISBN (Print)9781450351980
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-5198-0
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jun 2018
EventProceedings of the 2018 Conference of Designing Interactive Systems - Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 9 Jun 201813 Jun 2018


ConferenceProceedings of the 2018 Conference of Designing Interactive Systems
Country/TerritoryHong Kong
CityHong Kong


  • Energy consumption
  • scripting
  • provocation
  • sustainability
  • shifting
  • field study
  • Sustainability
  • Shifting
  • Provocation
  • Field study
  • Scripting


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