Direct Feedback Based on Cellular Technology to Support Demand-Side Energy Management

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Executive Summary

The century-old power grids do not meet many of the requirements of modern economies. The invisibility of the details of electricity consumption is the prime cause behind much of the wastage of domestic electricity. Utilities are also not able to log detailed information about the consumption patterns of each of their electricity consumers. Direct feedback has proven to be effective. This paper proposes a system that can be used as a way of reducing the consumption and wastage of electricity. The solution proposed is to use cell phones or other handheld devices as a tool to both display information and allow consumers to control appliances in their homes. The paper presents a concept that is still to be implemented and tested.

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