Energy efficiency

US IoT software firm People Power in partnership with Stanford University ChangeLabs have unveiled a new solution to improve consumer participation in behavioral demand response programmes.

The solution BDR 2.0 is based on artificial intelligence and comprises six microservices to simplify consumer entrance and participation in demand side management initiatives, to optimise energy savings of smart home appliances.

The two claims the solution helps keep consumers engaged and responsive to energy efficiency efforts in their connected homes through the delivery of a conversational user experience via an app or email.

Consumers receive notifications on the status of energy consumption of home appliances via the app or email.

The microservices include:

Time of Use notification: Collect utilities’ ToU schedules and provides consumers with alerts on varying energy tariffs via sms or via an app.

Savings Goal Challenge: Consumers can use the service to set energy savings goals. The microservice keeps users engaged in the process of energy efficiency through challenges, surveys and points rewards.

Maximum Energy Savings: Measures whole home energy consumption by kWh for targeted energy efficiency contests.

Group Energy Savings Microservice: Making possible a way for conservation co-ops and retail energy providers to unite and organise people with common efficiency goals.

Recruitment Microservice: Designed to assist organisations in recruiting their own members into energy savings programs. Points are awarded based on the number of subscribers signed up.

Report Card Microservice: Distributes a customised weekly report detailing individual pledges, points, awards and progress towards successful program completion.

Prof. Banny Banerjee, director and founder of Stanford ChangeLabs, said: “Sustainable transformation in energy efficiency is possible when solutions simultaneously leverage shifts on both the demand and the supply sides of the equation. Catalysing realistic ways of shifting behaviors through choices and options based on behavioral science principles – but which are sensitive in meshing with people’s identities, sensibilities and their daily lives – are key to changing the energy landscape.”