Energy Consumption Information Services for Smart Home Inhabitants

  • Michael Schwanzer
  • Anna Fensel
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6369)


We investigate services giving users an adequate insight on his or her energy consumption habits in order to optimize it in the long run. The explored energy awareness services are addressed to inhabitants of smart homes, equipped with smart meters, advanced communication facilities, sensors and actuators. To analyze the potential of such services, a game at a social network Facebook has been designed and implemented, and the information about players’ responses and interactions within the game environment has been collected and analyzed. The players have had their virtual home energy usage visualized in different ways, and had to optimize the energy consumption basing on their own perceptions of the consumption information. Evaluations reveal, in particular, that users are specifically responsive to information shown as a real-time graph and as costs in Euro, and are able to produce and share with each other policies for managing their smart home environments.


Energy Awareness Smart Home Social Networks Energy Efficiency Visualization User Interfaces 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Schwanzer
    • 1
  • Anna Fensel
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.University of Applied Sciences Technikum WienAustria
  2. 2.FTW Telecommunications Research Center ViennaAustria
  3. 3.Semantic Technology Institute (STI) InnsbruckAustria

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