Journal article

Is Not Free: Energy Consumption of Consumer Home Automation Systems

C Gray, R Ayre, K Hinton, L Campbell

IEEE Transactions on Consumer Electronics | Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers | Published : 2020


The proliferation of consumer Home Automation Systems (HAS), which is increasingly based on the Internet of Things (IoT) architecture, comes with added costs for the additional electrical energy required to power the automation interfaces and the standby energy consumption required to maintain connectivity and/or “smartness”. In this paper, we use a bottom-up approach to develop novel system-level energy consumption models for consumer HAS devices and quantify the energy consumption for a typical HAS. We then assess the potential impact on global Information and Communications Technology (ICT) energy use. We show that, on average, HAS may consume over one-third of the annual energy used in a..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported in part by the Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, State Government of Victoria, Australia, and in part by the University of Melbourne.