RMIT researchers are trialling ‘smart’ home control devices in 46 households in Victoria and South Australia – to assess the potential of these devices to help manage home electricity consumption.

  • Project dates: 2016

The Smart Home Control project is exploring the potential for enabling technologies to be used by households to manage energy consumption. The project includes a content analysis of marketing materials for ‘off-the-shelf’ smart home control devices and a trial of devices in 46 households. A range of household types are involved, including households who may be financially disadvantaged, disengaged, and/or vulnerable in a changing energy market. The project will provide a realistic analysis of the benefits and detriments of smart home control devices and concepts for residential consumers in the context of their everyday lives.

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Lead researchers

Dr Yolande Strengers

Dr Yolande Strengers

Senior Research Fellow

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Dr Larissa Nicholls

Dr Larissa Nicholls

Research Fellow

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Sergio Tirado

Sergio Tirado

Research Associate

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