Ézar Esau Nharreluga

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Persuasive Electrical Energy Management Information System Model. A study of Maputo public buildings

Excessive electrical energy usage has been observed globally over the last few decades, which is increasingly aggravating since the need to generate more energy may lead to an increase in environmental and socio-economic problems. One of the most challenging domains to manage energy consumption is in public buildings because of the large number of people with varying behaviors.

Persuasive technology has been shown to be a solution in changing/influencing people’s behaviors or attitude for healthy living, for marketing and commerce, for organizations and work environments and for sustainability and environment conservation behaviors. Several systems have been developed for raising environmental awareness however little has been done to develop persuasive systems for users’ behavior change regarding to electrical energy consumption in public buildings.

To address the mentioned issues, this work proposes the development of a persuasive energy management information system (PEMIS) based on smartphones and its sensors. The PEMIS will interact with users and deliver motivational inputs and triggers for prodding users to take actions that may reduce energy usage. Fogg’s behavior model (FBM), Behavior change wheel (BCW), Persuasive System Design (PSD) and Design Science Methodology (DSM) will be used for systems and persuasion technique analysis, and for system development and evaluation.


Persuasive technology, Behavior change, electrical energy consumption, information system

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Universidade Pedagógica
Physics Department
Maputo, Mozambique
Office: A2.15