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Interactive visual study for residential energy consumption data

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submitted on 2023-12-05, 06:07 and posted on 2023-12-05, 11:01 authored by Ayman Al-Kababji, Abdullah Alsalemi, Yassine Himeur, Rachael Fernandez, Faycal Bensaali, Abbes Amira, Noora Fetais

Interactive data visualization tools for residential energy data are instrumental indicators for analyzing end user behavior. These visualizations can be used as continuous home feedback systems and can be accessed from mobile devices using touch-based applications. Visualizations have to be carefully selected in order for them to partake in the behavioral transformation that end users are encouraged to adopt. In this paper, six energy data visualizations are evaluated in a randomized controlled trial fashion to determine the optimal data visualization tool. Conventional visualizations, namely bar, line, and stacked area, are compared against enhanced charts, namely spiral, heatmap, and stacked bar, in terms of effectiveness, aesthetic, understandability, and three analysis questions. The study is conducted through a questionnaire in a mobile application. The application, created through React Native, is circulated to participants in multiple countries, collecting 133 responses. From the received responses, conventional plots scored higher understandability (by 22.74%), effectiveness (by 13.44%), and aesthetic (by 10.54%) when compared with the enhanced visualizations. On the flipside, enhanced plots generated higher correct analysis questions’ responses by 8% compared to the conventional counterparts. From the 133 collected responses, and after applying the unpaired t-test, conventional energy data visualization plots are considered superior in terms of understandability, effectiveness, and aesthetic.

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Published in: Journal of Cleaner Production
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  • English



Publication Year

  • 2022

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This Item is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Institution affiliated with

  • Qatar University
  • College of Engineering - QU