The hidden energy cost of smart homes

This week we teamed up with some UK researchers from the Dynamics of Energy, Mobility and Demand (DEMAND) Centre to talk about the ‘hidden’ energy cost of smart homes.

Our research is already showing that there is more than meets the eye when it comes to smart home and ‘the internet of things’ (IOT) energy-saving claims. In this article for The Conversation we identify three areas where smart homes and IoT might increase energy demand. The exact impacts are still unknown, but our point is that we need to start paying attention to areas which are normally overlooked in claims about how connected devices can save households energy.

As our research project progresses, we’ll be thinking and writing about ways in which the industry and other interested parties can start to counteract some of these potential trends. We’re also exploring how these issues play out in Australian households who are making use of smart technologies.