Exploring Situational Factors and Attitudes Affecting Sustainable Electric Kettle Usage

Kimberley Elisabeth Engelking, Kanako Irie, Rasmus Velling Thorup, Devarajan Ramanujan

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    Abstract

    This paper explores situational factors and attitudes affecting sustainable electric kettle usage. We conducted a two-week long field study with five residents in Denmark who self-reported their electric kettle usage data, purpose of usage, and situations of usage, over the study period. A follow-up interview was also conducted after the field study to explore reasons behind the observed behaviors. Results show, the amount of excess water heated significantly varied by usage purpose as well as the time sensitivity of the usage purpose. There was no observable effect of the minimum fill level marker on the amount of excess water heated. Participants’ considerations for purchasing a specific kettle and their usage behaviors were not influenced by sustainability-related concerns. We identified four important factors that influenced the amount of excess water heated and participants’ decision to retain or dispose it. They included, (1) uncertainty in the need for hot water in the near future, (2) flexibility in the needed volume for a usage purpose, (3) forgetting to use heated water, and (4) concerns about limescale build up.

    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    Titel31st International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology
    Antal sider10
    Vol/bind7
    ForlagAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers
    Publikationsdato2019
    ArtikelnummerDETC2019-97658, V007T06A050
    ISBN (Elektronisk)978-0-7918-5927-8
    DOI
    StatusUdgivet - 2019
    BegivenhedASME 2019 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference - Anaheim, USA
    Varighed: 18 aug. 201921 aug. 2019

    Konference

    KonferenceASME 2019 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
    Land/OmrådeUSA
    ByAnaheim
    Periode18/08/201921/08/2019

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