Evaluating Feedback Systems for Residential Building Energy Monitoring
Wenqi Guo, Tania Ullah, MengChu Zhou
Rising global energy demand, increasing electricity prices, and the limitation of natural resources have led to increased interest in energy monitoring of residential buildings. Much research has been done to examine the effect of energy use feedback to building occupants. An important step towards energy awareness is to provide timely and fine-grained consumption information of major household energy expenditures through feedback systems, known as residential energy monitoring systems (REMS). To accomplish this, researchers and product designers are keen in improving the residential whole-building energy consumption estimates gained through sensor networks at homes. Additionally, profiling the usage of appliances and devices within a home can be used to determine an occupants daily activities and to optimize energy consumption. In this work, we take a step toward creating an evaluation procedure for REMS by determining factors that affect their ability to accurately convey energy usage to occupants. Two feedback sensor systems are assessed in a testbed in which electrical loads typical to a home are operated. Preliminary tests show the dependence of an electrical loads power factor on the accuracy of the REMS measurement. Together with other findings, the result will assist researchers in forming a comprehensive test procedure that will characterize feedback systems in the future.
IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering
energy feedback, wireless sensors, residential buildings