Energy Efficiency Through Home Automation

Roulstone, Scott (2018) Energy Efficiency Through Home Automation. [USQ Project]


The need for electricity energy reduction for domestic consumers has never been so evidence based on key figures over the past 10 years. From 2008 to 2018 the ACCC hasreported an increase in electricity prices to consumers of 44%, whilst the average wage has only increased by 6% in the same period, as reported by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The gap in electricity price rise to wage increases causes added stresses to the average domestic household, some of which are struggling to pay existing prices and turning to often creative and dangerous means to reduce their energy consumption.

The Australian Government in 2013 reported 10% of electricity bills is a direct result of ‘Standby’ power such as television standby mode, with a further 30% directed to inefficient use of electrical products. Many products have come into the market to target electricity control which include home energy management systems, home automation systems such as C-Bus from Schneider Electrics, microprocessor load control and energy efficient products, however these products are often too costly to purchase, are only compatible with selected products from the same product range or aren’t flexible enough to target a variety of households and household loads.

This dissertation targets wastage electricity through the production of a cost effective, flexible and reliable electrical control system which easily integrates into a new or existing domestic installation. This electrical control system will employ industry standard electrical devices such as control relays, programmable logic controller and human machine interface and will control household circuitry from a scoped consumer load usage profile. It will be shown the use of such a system will result in, at worst, a saving of 17.9% and be cost-effective enough to rival other energy saving systems on the market today.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Supervisors: Hills, Catherine; Bowtell, Les
Qualification: Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Power Engineering)
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2021 05:47
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2023 02:31

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