Energy Efficiency

, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp 809–814 | Cite as

Nonintrusive load monitoring (NILM) performance evaluation

A unified approach for accuracy reporting
  • Stephen Makonin
  • Fred Popowich
Short Communication


Nonintrusive load monitoring (NILM), sometimes referred to as load disaggregation, is the process of determining what loads or appliances are running in a house from analysis of the power signal of the whole-house power meter. As the popularity of NILM grows, we find that there is no consistent way the researchers are measuring and reporting accuracies. In this short communication, we present a unified approach that would allow for consistent accuracy testing.


Load disaggregation Accuracy Energy conservation Smart grid 



Research partly supported by grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada, and the Graphics, Animation, and New Media Network of Centres of Excellence (GRAND NCE) of Canada.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Computing ScienceSimon Fraser UniversityBurnabyCanada

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