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Power Management User Interface

This project seeks to reduce computers' energy consumption by improving how users employ existing power management capabilities. Although all computers have the capacity to enter low-power modes such as sleep, and can be shut down when not in use, this potential for energy savings has not been realized in the majority of desktop computers. The majority of desktop computers remain on at full power when they are not being used. The problem is one of user behavior. The project will use a software solution to change user behavior by changing the tool they are using. This approach is firmly based in behavior theory and human-computer interaction research, which have long demonstrated that the interface of a device can change users' behavior. The energy savings of applying such an interface is estimated to be as high as 50 percent per computer, between 139 and 321 kWh per year.

Program Information
Funding Organization: 
California Energy Commission
Program Area: 
Applied Research and Development
Project Manager: 
Bradley Meister
Funded Performer: 
The Regents of the University of California, Irvine
Agreement Total: 
Match Total: 
Project Start Date: 
March 31, 2016
Project End Date: 
April 29, 2019
Project Details
Ongoing Initiative or Research Project: 
Research Project
Grid, Whole Building, or Technology: 
Technology Type: 
Sub-Technology Type: 
MELS - Computers
Building Type: 
Single Family, Multifamily, Commercial
New or Existing: 
New, Existing
DR Focus?: 
Code/Standard Focus?: