The smart power socket strip iKnowWatt recognizes connected device types and their power consumption. Data is transmitted to the Smart Grid. So iKnowWatt can help in the future, with fluctuating energy prices only those devices are operated that are really needed. This field is called load management or demand side management.
iKnowWatt and other projects from iHomeLab display the power consumption graphically. Thus, the resident can see on his tablet, smartphone or even television, how much energy he or she is using. The applications provide advice for reducing energy consumption and helping to identify energy guzzlers. Today, the electricity bill is the only information that informs a household on its energy consumption. In the future, this will be more detailed and in real time. Thanks to the new technologies people can get a better understanding of how their behaviour impacts on energy consumption inorder to learn how to save energy.
The latest research results are shown and explained in the context of a iHomeLab visit.