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Title: Development of a user-friendly, low-cost home energy monitoring and recording system
Authors: Fletcher, James
Malalasekera, W.
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: © Elsevier
Citation: FLETCHER, J. and MALALASEKERA, W., 2016. Development of a user-friendly, low-cost home energy monitoring and recording system. Energy, 111, pp. 32-46.
Abstract: This paper reports research undertaken to develop a user-friendly home energy monitoring system which is capable of collecting, processing and displaying detailed usage data. The system allows users to monitor power usage and switch their electronic appliances remotely, using any web enabled device, including computers, phones and tablets. The system aims to raise awareness of consumer energy use by gathering data about usage habits, and displaying this information to support consumers when selecting energy tariffs or new appliances. To achieve these aims, bespoke electrical hardware, or ‘nodes’, have been designed and built to monitor power usage, switch devices on and off, and communicate via a Wi-Fi connection, with bespoke software, the ‘server’. The server hosts a webpage which allows users to see a real-time overview of how power is being used in the home as well as allowing scheduled tasks and triggered tasks (which respond to events) to be programmed. The system takes advantage of well standardised networking specifications, such as Wi-Fi and TCP, allowing access from within the home, or remotely through the internet. The server runs under Debian Linux on a Raspberry Pi computer and is written in Python, HTML and JavaScript. The server includes advanced functionality, such as device recognition which allows users to individually monitor several devices that share a single node. The openPicus Flyport is used to provide Wi-Fi connectivity and programmable logic control to nodes. The Flyport is programmed with code compiled from C.
Description: This paper is embargoed until 12 months after online publication.
Sponsor: The authors acknowledge the support from Clker.com, http://www.clker.com/ for hosting free for commercial use images used in the website component of this project. Including the ‘green earth’ image that forms part of the HAMC logo. Highsoft Solutions AS, http://highsoft.com/ for making their JavaScript charting API free for use in projects such as this.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1016/j.energy.2016.05.027
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/21434
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.energy.2016.05.027
ISSN: 0360-5442
Appears in Collections:Closed Access (Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering)

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