With every day the roll-out of smart meter technology is delayed, there is every chance it will be superseded by even 'smarter' technology that shows households how much energy they use and how to manage their consumption.
A project by computer scientists at Southampton University is testing smart energy software to help people cut their energy by telling them which gadgets are burning energy while not being used.
The intention is to develop a system that monitors every electrical device in the home, analyses its energy usage and either suggests ways it can be used more efficiently or else replaced with more economical equipment.
The software is being developed as part of a research project by Southampton University’s Professor Nick Jennings, a chief scientific advisor for the government. The project seeks to “develop intelligent agents within the smart grid in order to reduce energy use within domestic settings”.
A ‘smart grid’ is an electrical grid like the National Grid, but one which includes a communications network that gathers and acts on information such as how households consume electricity.
The team at Southampton University is developing software for in-home displays (IHDs). These will offer householders much greater control than smart meters and energy monitors.
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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc