Project no. 316
Home Automation for Sustainable Electricity
H. Vemuri1, S. Anayah2
1DTU Wind Energy, Technical University of Denmark
2Environmental Science, University of Copenhagen
The electricity we consume at home has different sources some renewable and some nonrenewable.
The nature of the source of your electricity is dictated by many variables the
dominating of which are the demand and supply. The parties that have set their goals to
make the electrical grid more sustainable have traditionally been focused on the supply side.
In this project we aim to prove concept for our simple user-friendly home automation tools
that can help accommodate more renewables into residential electricity consumption, so
people can take climate action into their own hands.
Residential households can add flexibility to the electricity grids to accommodate for more
renewables. This aspect is not pursued because it is very difficult to change behavior of
residents. For example, of 144 people we reached out to in a survey 65 % admitted to
running their washing machines during a high demand our of the day when there are more
non-renewables in the electricity mix. Although the suggestion would be to run it on a
different time of the day it is very inconvenient not run this on a different hour. We want to
propose create solution that requires very little behavioral change while reducing the carbon
footprint of individuals.
Our solution is a simple IOT based add-on, almost like a travel adapter that can simply be
added to a home equipment. The functions of the simple adapter would be to 1) let a
resident run home appliance later when it is better for the environment 2) Learn from the
electricity suppliers about when it would be optimal 3) calculate and inform the reduced
carbon emissions and the money saved by doing so. Our calculations show that we can
reduce about 0.25 Million tons of Carbon emissions for every 1000 users of our solution.
Currently we have finished our first phase (as part of Climate-KIC journey) of research
where we collected responses from individuals to understand how this solution will be
welcomed. We have calculated the positive climate impacts and the economic savings that
our solution can create. Based on our first phase of research we have put together a
business plan to turn this into a startup. At the time of publishing this abstract we are
currently developing a prototype that will be presented at GRØN DYST.