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Pilot study of college student laptop usage for energy efficiency

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6 Author(s)
Morris Jones ; Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering, San Jose State University, California ; Belle Wei ; Donald Hung ; Jay Patel
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The energy consumption of consumer electronics has skyrocketed. According to IEA (International Energy Agency), it will triple over the next two decades, reaching a level equivalent to the present total home electricity consumption of the U.S. and Japan combined. Therefore, improving the energy efficiency of these devices has become critical. Our project, called ugreen, seeks to motivate power consumption awareness and behavioral change among laptop computer users via human-computer interaction (HCI) feedback mechanisms with college students as the initial target group. We have chosen college students because they are avid laptop users with 87.7% of them reporting laptop ownership, and user behaviors play an important role in the total laptop system power consumption.

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Consumer Electronics (ICCE), 2011 IEEE International Conference on

Date of Conference:

9-12 Jan. 2011