Policy-Based Energy Management in Smart Homes

  • T. K. Anandalakshmi
  • S. Sathiakumar
  • N. Parameswaran
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 216)


This paper proposes the use of policies in smart homes to manage energy efficiently and reduce peak energy demand. In peak hours, demand increases and supply providers bring additional power plants online to supply more power, which results in higher operating costs and carbon emission. In order to meet peak demand, utility companies have to build additional power plants, which may be operated only for short period of time. Therefore, reducing peak load will reduce the need for building additional power plants and decrease carbon emission. Our policy-based framework achieves peak shaving so that power consumption adapts to available power while ensuring the comfort level of the inhabitants and taking device characteristics into account at the same time. Our simulation results on Matlab indicate that the proposed policy driven homes can effectively contribute to demand side power management.


Agents Policy House agent Energy management Policy-based modeling 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. K. Anandalakshmi
    • 1
  • S. Sathiakumar
    • 1
  • N. Parameswaran
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Electrical and Information EngineeringThe University of SydneySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.School of Computer Science and EngineeringUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia

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