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External Collaborators

  • Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et Automatique (INRIA)

Energy Balanced Living: Human-centred electricity-deamnd shifting in the context of domestic electricity generation

Theme: Ubiquitous Computing
Period: 1 April 2013 - 31 March 2014

Energy Balanced Living: Human-centered electricity-demand shifting in the context of domestic electricity generation

The Energy-Balanced Living Project investigates the relationship between people and energy in the context of domestic energy production. The aim of the project is to enable home occupants to live an energy-balanced life, i.e. to help people balance their energy consumption with their energy production over the course of one energy-year.

The key objectives are:

  1. To develop digital technology to measure (in real-time) the domestic energy gap between production and generation, i.e. the difference between the generated energy and the consumed energy.
  2. To discover correlation between energy production, generation and environmental and social contextual factors (such as outside temperature and wind speed or the weekly and daily patterns of domestic life)
  3. To develop interactive technologies to help people understand the energy gap in their home.
  4. To understand emerging social practices in the home related to energy generation.

The “Energy Balanced Living” project is part of E.ON’s ‘Thinking Energy Initiative’.   has teamed up with for the ‘Thinking Energy Initiative’. The initiative, which involves the National Energy Foundation (NEF) and Milton Keynes County Council, is trialling smart energy solutions in 75 homes within the Milton Keynes area. Each of the 75 homes is equipped with energy monitoring equipment on the gas and electricity supplies, smart appliances, interactive display devices, and energy analytics tools, all connected by a digital home energy network.