The paper entitled:

Saving is fun: designing a persuasive game for power conservation

in Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology (ACE ’11), ACM, New York, USA, highlights the results of the trials carried out with real households in Catania, Helsinki and Stockolm in the framework of the European Project BeAware by the IES team together with other partners of the project.

The PDF version of the article is available for download here.


EnergyLife is a mobile game application that aims at increasing energy awareness and saving in the household; it centers around a feedback system with detailed, historical and real time information that is based on wireless power sensors data. The challenge is to provide through feedback knowledge and motivation for sustainable saving. A three-month field test in eight households was organized for EnergyLife. The test involved the automatic collection of access data to the application, and the administration of satisfaction questionnaires, interviews, and usability tasks in the tested families. The paper describes the results of the test and the ensuing re-design strategy, centered on better tailoring the application to the players’ actions. The lessons learned can be useful to other persuasive games, since a good fit to the actions of the user is a precondition of effectiveness of any persuasive application.


Luciano Gamberini, Anna Spagnolli, Nicola Corradi, Luca Zamboni, Michela Perotti, Camilla Cadenazzi, Stefano Mandressi (University of Padua – Padova, Italy)
Giulio Jacucci (Department of Computer Science University of Helsinki)
Giovanni Tusa (IES Solutions – Catania, Italy)
Christoffer Björkskog, Marja Salo, Pirkka Aman (Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT, Aalto University)