There is a need for smart energy management systems that can realise the energy savings

A home owner’s electricity bill is typically just a small fraction of her monthly expenses. It is unlikely to drop by more than the cost of a meal in a mid-scale restaurant even when she diligently turns off unnecessary appliances. But given its multiplicative effect on the required power generation capacity, such small efforts can positively impact power-deficient countries like India. Experience suggests that there is a need for smart, automated energy management systems that can realise the energy savings.

Let us consider heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, which are huge energy consumers — being responsible for 30-50 per cent of energy consumed by buildings. Easily available/sensed information can be used to control HVACs and other devices, like fans and lights, without compromising on the thermal comfort.

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