ThinkHome Energy Efficiency in Future Smart Homes

Smart homes have been viewed with increasing interest by both home owners and the research community in the past few years. One reason for this development is that the use of modern automation technology in the home or building promises considerable savings of energy, therefore, simultaneously reducing the operational costs of the building over its whole lifecycle. However, the full potential of smart homes still lies fallow, due to the complexity and diversity of the systems, badly engineered and configured installations, as well as the frequent problem of suboptimal control strategies. Summarized, these problems converge to two undesirable conditions in the "Not-so-smart" home: energy consumption is still higher than actually necessary and users are unable to yield full comfort in their automated homes

Provided by: Hindawi Publishing Topic: Hardware Date Added: Sep 2010 Format: PDF

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