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Tuomela, Sanna; Iivari, Netta; Hänninen, Tuomo; and Svento, Rauli, "Gender inclusiveness in the adoption and use of home energy technologies" (2023). ECIS 2023 Research Papers. 249.

Gender inclusiveness in the adoption and use of home energy technologies

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Author: Tuomela, Sanna1,2; Iivari, Netta2; Hänninen, Tuomo2;
Organizations: 1University of Vaasa, Finland
2University of Oulu, Finland
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Association for Information Systems, 2023
Publish Date: 2023-06-08


Home energy technologies, such as smart home energy management systems (SHEMS), are important in reducing energy-related emissions and empowering energy users. However, there are concerns on gender inclusiveness of the adoption and use of SHEMS. So far, information systems research has failed to address this significant challenge. This study examines factors shaping gendered adoption and use of smart home technologies, particularly SHEMS, and the implications this has for sustainability and energy equality. Applying a critical lens, we examine findings from a sensory ethnographic study on the adoption of SHEMS in households. The findings underline the need for more inclusive energy technology design, more understanding of diversity of households and more variety in the approaches for increasing awareness on and facilitating the adoption of energy technologies. We contribute to research on gender and home energy technologies, and to the larger discussion of gender and energy.

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Series: European Conference on Information Systems
ISSN: 2184-1934
ISSN-L: 2184-1934
Article number: 249
Host publication: ECIS 2023 research papers
Conference: European Conference on Information Systems
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
520 Other social sciences
Funding: This work was supported by the Academy of Finland via research funding on the “Digitally mediated decarbon communities in energy transition (DigiDecarbon)” project (grant 348210), the Academy of Finland Strategic Research Council project BCDC Energy (grant 292854), and Fortum and Neste Foundation (grant numbers 20190098 and 20200099).
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 292854
Detailed Information: 292854 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © The Authors 2023.