Promoting smart homes

Mike Hazas, Yolande Strengers

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Over the past decade, there has been increasing interest in using ‘smart’ technologies: to can gather information about a building and its inhabitants, and automatically make decisions about which appliances and services should be powered. Promoting smart homes is frequently seen as a means of reducing energy demand. However, this chapter shows that smart home technologies are also positioned and sold as means of enhancing convenience or creating a cosy atmosphere. In increasing expectations of service, and in relying on energy-intensive infrastructures like network technology and data centres, smart home technologies might not reduce demand at all.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnergy Fables
Subtitle of host publicationChallenging Ideas in the Energy Sector
EditorsJenny Rinkinen, Elizabeth Shove, Jacopo Torriti
Place of PublicationLondon UK
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780429674242, 9780429397813
ISBN (Print)9780367027759
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

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