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International Journal of Power System Operation and Energy Management

Abstract

Energy consumption in residential buildings account for 20 to 40 per cent of total energy consumed in a country and therefore represents a significant and potential source of energy savings. An Intelligent Energy Management System can contribute to major reductions of energy use in hundreds of millions of buildings. This paper gives an overview of sensor technology and wireless networks in the development of an intelligent energy management system for residential buildings (IEMSRB). This technology has ample potential to change the way we live and work. In this paper ZigBee is used as a communication medium in building intelligent energy management system. From the prototype setup, it is shown that ZigBee is a suitable technology to be adopted as the communication infrastructure in energy management system for residential buildings .The performance analysis discussed in this paper verifies the effectiveness of using ZigBee in energy management system. The novelty of the present scheme is its ability to save the energy and improve the performance as it learns and gains more experience in real-time operations. Results also demonstrate that the proposed scheme can achieve the minimum electricity cost for residential customers. The proposed system can be installed and maintained in residential environments with ease.

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