ECoS: energy control system for smart homes

Latha Karthigaa Murugesan, Rashina Hoda, Zoran Salcio

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One of the most efficient ways of reducing household energy consumption is through an online feedback system, which helps users in reducing their household energy. There are several research and commercial products available, yet over-consumption issues are still prevalent. An important factor fueling these issues is rendering too many features or information in the online feedback system, which results in a decrease in use of those applications over time. This study aims to develop a user-friendly system with a minimal set of features that would help the residential users achieve maximum savings. The energy control system (ECoS) consists of three major features, i.e., (a) visualization of energy, (b) recommendation of energy saving decision to users, (c) remote appliance control through recommendations, with thirteen sub-features. Based on an analysis of energy savings and user preferences, we identified the top seven sub-features suitable to be in ECoS to help users save energy. In addition, this article also provides recommendations to energy providers on the list of features that they should include in their online application to help their users save a significant amount of energy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2017 IEEE 15th International Conference on Industrial Informatics (INDIN)
EditorsRen Luo, Jose Barata, Yang Shi, Olaf Sauer, Stamatis Karnouskos
Place of PublicationPiscataway NJ USA
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781538608371, 9781538608364
ISBN (Print)9781538608388
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
EventIEEE International Conference on Industrial Informatics 2017 - Emden, Germany
Duration: 24 Jul 201726 Jul 2017
Conference number: 15th


ConferenceIEEE International Conference on Industrial Informatics 2017
Abbreviated titleINDIN 2017
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  • appliance control
  • energy feedback
  • energy saving tips
  • household electricity
  • recommendations
  • smart homes
  • visualization

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