|Researchers at Purdue University have developed a platform to promote energy- conserving, thermostat adjustment behaviors. Residential heating and cooling is responsible for 20% of total energy consumption in the U.S., and its costs account for up to 16% of income for low-income families. The Purdue researchers’ system consists of a wall-mounted, digital thermostat connected with the MySmartE energy management app. The app provides custom action recommendations based on each household’s energy usage and also promotes energy conservation through a collaborative, community-level game among residents. This system is the first energy management platform that promotes direct user action through community-level engagement.
Technology Validation: Among all 12 households equipped with the researchers’ platform, the researchers observed increased indoor air temperature in the summertime following initiation of personalized feedback and the community game.
- Decreases residential energy use
- Voice-control feature available
- Cloud-based, IoT system
- Residential energy management
Sep 8, 2022
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