A better home automation system will help your appliance get the job done more efficiently, but it won’t make it more energy efficient, according to a new study by researchers at the University of South Australia.
The team conducted an analysis of the energy efficiency of a home appliance using energy management software called EMSAU.
The software, which can monitor and control a number of devices in a home, includes an energy-saving thermostat, a smart doorbell and a home alarm clock.
The researchers found that the software was able to detect when the thermostatic feature was being used, and automatically adjust the appliance to the desired temperature.
However, when the appliance was not being used at all, the software automatically started up again, which resulted in the appliance being unable to achieve its energy savings.
“This results in an increased energy consumption over time, and it could be problematic if you have a system that doesn’t know what to do,” lead author and assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, Dr Aarti Gautam, said.
“We’ve also found that it may not be appropriate for the appliance that is not being controlled to be switched off or turned off when it is not needed.”
The team conducted the study using EMSAE and software called MobiRoulette, which were developed by Gautame.
Although the study did not directly compare the energy savings achieved with each of the different home automation options, Dr Gautamm said it was clear that both systems performed well for the home appliances they tested.
“It’s very clear that the system we have here is a pretty good system for energy efficiency, and that’s what we’re trying to achieve,” Dr Gapam said.
Dr Gautamb said the next step was to compare these systems in a wider range of applications.
“The next thing we want to do is try to compare the systems in more applications, because they’re used across a range of industries and different devices, and the energy consumption can vary from one to the other,” he said.
“We hope that in future, we can look at how these systems can be used to automate other systems and to help people in a variety of different applications.”