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Smart home control: exploring the potential for enabling technologies in residential households

The work undertaken by advocates and other organisations through the Grants Program is having influence, improving outcomes for energy consumers. Great Grants showcase important work that has built new evidence or demonstrated impact.

Smart home control: exploring the potential for enabling technologies in residential households has been selected as one of our Great Grants.

The Smart Home Control project explored the potential for enabling technologies to be used by households to manage energy consumption.

The project included a content analysis of marketing materials for ‘off-the-shelf’ smart home control devices and a trial of devices in 46 households. A range of household types were involved, including households who may be financially disadvantaged, disengaged, and/or vulnerable in a changing energy market.

The project provided a realistic analysis of the benefits and detriments of smart home control devices and concepts for residential consumers in the context of their everyday lives.

The project culminated in the final report, Smart home control: exploring the potential for enabling technologies in vulnerable and disadvantaged households.

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