Decentralized Energy Demand Regulation in Smart Homes

A.U.N. Srirangam Narashiman, Antonio Reyes Lúa, Ranga Rao Venkatesha Prasad

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Smart grids offer better energy management at consumer premises as well as energy companies side using bi- directional communication and control. Energy companies can balance energy supply and demand to a large extent, with the advent of smart homes. They can also nudge consumers to shift their demands to off-peak hours for load balancing and monetary benefits. We propose a decentralized demand scheduling algorithm that minimizes consumer discomfort and electricity cost of a household. Our algorithm utilizes only aggregated energy consumption of a household to derive optimal appliance level demand schedules. Furthermore, a low-complexity energy disaggregation algorithm is proposed to derive fine- grained appliance information and consumer preferences. We propose three important coefficients related to energy usage of consumers. We utilize them to derive optimal day- ahead demand schedules. The decentralized algorithm is empirically evaluated using real-world energy usage data from open datasets, which include our own deployment. Our proposed scheduling algorithm saves up to 30% energy cost. This work is one of the first to derive day-ahead schedules using real-world data from multiple households.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 IEEE Glocal Communications Conference (GLOBECOM)
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5090-1328-9
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2016


  • Home appliances
  • Schedules
  • Scheduling algorithms
  • Energy consumption
  • Aggregates
  • Smart homes
  • Pricing

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    Srirangam Narashiman, A. U. N., Reyes Lúa, A., & Venkatesha Prasad, R. R. (2016). Decentralized Energy Demand Regulation in Smart Homes. In 2016 IEEE Glocal Communications Conference (GLOBECOM): Proceedings (pp. 1-7). IEEE.