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What we’re doing

This research is focused on exploring home energy management technologies. As New Zealand’s electricity infrastructure is upgraded to a Smart Grid, Home Energy Management Systems (HEMS) will become the consumer interface, providing improved information about and control over household electricity consumption.  They have the potential to help reduce peak demand, reduce the risk of system overload, achieve better management of resources, and minimise the risk of service interruption.

We are using a multi-pronged approach to explore home energy management opportunities in NZ. We conducted a literature review of home energy management technologies to explore their technical capabilities and opportunities for control as well as collecting data about the technologies currently on the market. We reviewed literature of factors that have been identified to influence international uptake. And finally, we have run an online survey and choice modelling experiment with 2000 people (500 of whom we questioned abou