Shifting Electricity Demand with Smart Home Technologies - An Experimental Study on User Acceptance

Resource type
Conference
Author(s)
Alexandra-Gwyn Paetz and Birger Becker and Wolf Fichtner and Hartmut Schmeck
Year
2011
Month
Oktober
Publisher
Online
Address
Washington
Book title
Proceedings of the 30th USAEE / IAEE North American Conference
Type
Inproceedings
Abstract
Integrating high shares of renewable resources into the electricity system requires a more flexible demand, espe-cially more load-shifting in residential households. In order to achieve that different technologies, especially smart meters with various feedback functions, are tested on the market. So far little is known about the effects of a combination of different smart home technologies, such as smart appliances and an automated energy management system, that go beyond of providing households with feedback regarding their energy demand. Using an experimental design, test-residents lived in a smart home on KIT’s campus for several weeks. The results confirm the importance of real-time feedback systems for shifting loads, but indicate that other smart home technologies are helpful to maintain convenience in everyday life. For future design of smart home technologies it can be concluded that they have to satisfy information needs, provide cost-saving potential, secure high levels of flexibility and enable an easy use in everyday life.
Research focus
Energy Management, Smart Home and Ambient Assisted Living (AAL)
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