Special Issue "Smart Thermostats for Energy Saving in Buildings"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "F: Energy and Buildings".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 2 March 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Therese Peffer
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California Institute for Energy and Environment, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
Interests: thermal energy; thermostat; building; thermal comfort

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Guest Editor is delighted to invite submissions to a Special Issue of Energies entitled “Smart Thermostats for Energy Savings in Buildings”. The past decade has seen a paradigm shift in advanced control and user interfaces for thermostats in residential and commercial buildings, which presents both opportunities and challenges for energy savings. Thermostats are now more often networked and embedded devices, as part of the Internet of Things, and thus considered “smart”. These advanced thermostats enable demand response and use of heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment as distributed energy resources (DERs) towards a more resilient and effective utility grid. Different thermostat interfaces may be used for specialized audiences such as seniors, people of low income, or schools. Networked thermostats allow multiple building systems to interoperate, such as whole-building energy metering and ceiling fans, in order to optimize comfort and energy savings. Thermostats may control ventilation as well, which may play a role in improving air quality and reducing potential infectious diseases such as COVID-19.

This Special Issue will deal with novel user interfaces, optimization, and control techniques of advanced thermostats for energy savings in residential and commercial buildings. Topics of interest for publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Advanced or specialized thermostat user interfaces;
  • Usability studies;
  • Feedback for improved energy savings;
  • Advanced thermostat designs for specialized audiences, such as low-income or disadvantaged communities;
  • Advanced control and machine learning algorithms that reduce energy;
  • Data fusion and social data mining for designing advanced connected thermostat functions;
  • Commercial building energy management;
  • Enabling HVAC as DER;
  • Demand response (DR) and grid responsiveness;
  • Networked thermostats integrated with other systems (e.g., ceiling fans) for energy savings;
  • Improved thermal comfort and energy savings optimization;
  • Advanced ventilation strategies.

Dr. Therese Peffer
Guest Editor

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energy efficiency; demand response; grid interactive buildings; usability; community microgrid

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Energy Management System Based on a Gamified Application for Households
Energies 2021, 14(12), 3445; https://doi.org/10.3390/en14123445 - 10 Jun 2021
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Nowadays, the growth in the consumption of energy and the need to face pollution resulting from its generation are causing concern for consumers and providers. Energy consumption in residential buildings and houses is about 22% of total energy production. Cutting-edge energy managers aim [...] Read more.
Nowadays, the growth in the consumption of energy and the need to face pollution resulting from its generation are causing concern for consumers and providers. Energy consumption in residential buildings and houses is about 22% of total energy production. Cutting-edge energy managers aim to optimize electrical devices in homes, taking into account users’ patterns, goals, and needs, by creating energy consumption awareness and helping current change habits. In this way, energy manager systems (EMSs) monitor and manage electrical appliances, automate and schedule actions, and make suggestions regarding electrical consumption. Furthermore, gamification strategies may change energy consumption patterns through energy managers, which are seen as an option to save energy and money. Therefore, this paper proposes a personalized gamification strategy for an EMS through an adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference system (ANFIS) decision-making engine to classify the level of electrical consumption and persuade the end-user to reduce and modify consumption patterns, saving energy and money with gamified motivations. These strategies have proven to be effective in changing consumer behavior with intrinsic and extrinsic motivations. The interfaces consider three cases for summer and winter periods to calculate the saving-energy potentials: (1) for a type of user that is interested in home-improvement efforts while helping to save energy; (2) for a type of user that is advocating to save energy; (3) for a type of user that is not interested in saving energy. Hence, each interface considers the end-user’s current consumption and the possibility to modify their consumption habits using their current electrical devices. Finally, an interface displaying the electrical consumption for each case exemplifies its linkage with EMSs. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Smart Thermostats for Energy Saving in Buildings)
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