Date Added: Apr 2012
Energy consumption has increased considerably in the last years. The way to reduce and make energy consumption more efficient has become of great interest for researchers. One of the research areas is the reduction of energy consumption in users' residences. In order to reduce energy consumption in home environments, researches have been designing Home Energy Management Systems (HEMS). Efficiently managing and distributing electricity in the grid will also help to reduce the increase of energy consumption in the future. The power grid is evolving into the Smart Grid, which is being developed to distribute and produce electricity more efficiently.