Date Added: Jun 2011
The drive to reduce carbon emissions and the move to less controllable energy sources has forced governments, energy producers, utilities and consumers to make the management of energy consumption a high priority. Appliances are a significant and uncontrolled contributor to consumption and the way in which they consume is not sustainable. Existing solutions focus mainly on two approaches; appliance efficiency and user behaviour change, while appliances can continue to squander energy unjustified. For optimal consumption appliances need to collaborate with users, the grid and their operating environment.