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Exploration of Potential Energy Saving From Smart Appliances



Natascha S. Milesi-Ferretti


Technological innovations coupled with the decreasing costs of sensors have brought about a new generation of Smart appliances. While current sensor-based appliances have shown the potential to offer consumers increased options for energy and cost savings by optimizing energy use for improved performance, smart appliances have the potential to process internal operation information and the factors that can influence appliance efficiency (i.e., load and weather data, and utility pricing information.) Both in the United States and internationally, advances in sensor technology are rapidly changing product capabilities and many innovations have moved from concept or prototype stage to market.In FY 2005, NIST completed a study of existing home networking technologies for smart appliance applications. The purpose of this study was to determine the communications infrastructure needed to bring more efficient appliance applications to market and to evaluate the benefits of selected technologies, highlighting opportunities for advancing more energy efficient appliances.This report provides an overview of recent innovations in residential appliances and identifies specific appliances with enhanced energy savings potential in home-networked environments.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 7254
Report Number


energy efficiency, home networks, residential appliances, sensors, smart appliances


Milesi-Ferretti, N. (2005), Exploration of Potential Energy Saving From Smart Appliances, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed May 19, 2024)


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Created July 1, 2005, Updated November 10, 2018