Recommending Energy Tariffs and Load Shifting Based on Smart Household Usage Profiling

Fischer, Joel E., Ramchurn, Sarvapali D., Osborne, Michael A., Parson, Oliver, Huynh, Trung Dong, Alam, Muddasser, Pantidi, Nadia, Moran, Stuart, Bachour, Khaled, Reece, Steven, Costanza, Enrico, Rodden, Tom and Jennings, Nicholas R. (2013) Recommending Energy Tariffs and Load Shifting Based on Smart Household Usage Profiling At International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces, United States. 19 - 22 Mar 2013. , pp. 383-394. (doi:10.1145/2449396.2449446).


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We present a system and study of personalized energy-related recommendation. AgentSwitch utilizes electricity usage data collected from users' households over a period of time to realize a range of smart energy-related recommendations on energy tariffs, load detection and usage shifting. The web service is driven by a third party real-time energy tariff API (uSwitch), an energy data store, a set of algorithms for usage prediction, and appliance-level load disaggregation. We present the system design and user evaluation consisting of interviews and interface walkthroughs. We recruited participants from a previous study during which three months of their household's energy use was recorded to evaluate personalized recommendations in AgentSwitch. Our contributions are a) a systems architecture for personalized energy services; and b) findings from the evaluation that reveal challenges in designing energy-related recommender systems. In response to the challenges we formulate design recommendations to mitigate barriers to switching tariffs, to incentivize load shifting, and to automate energy management.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1145/2449396.2449446
Venue - Dates: International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces, United States, 2013-03-19 - 2013-03-22
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Organisations: Agents, Interactions & Complexity
ePrint ID: 346991
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March 2013Published
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2013 09:43
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2017 05:37
Funded by: EPSRC (EP/I011587/1)
Led by: Nick Jennings
1 January 2011 to 31 December 2015
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