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Energy conservation through smart homes in a smart city: A lesson for Singapore households


  • Bhati, Abhishek
  • Hansen, Michael
  • Chan, Ching Man


Energy saving is a hot topic due to the proliferation of climate changes and energy challenges globally. However, people's perception about using smart technology for energy saving is still in the concept stage. This means that people talk about environmental awareness readily, yet in reality, they accept to pay the given energy bill. Due to the availability of electricity and its integral role, modulating consumers’ attitudes towards energy savings can be a challenge. Notably, the gap in today's smart technology design in smart homes is the understanding of consumers’ behaviour and the integration of this understanding into the smart technology. As part of the Paris Climate change agreement (2015), it is paramount for Singapore to introduce smart technologies targeted to reduce energy consumption. This paper focused on the perception of Singapore households on smart technology and its usage to save energy. Areas of current research include: (1) energy consumption in Singapore households, (2) public programs and policies in energy savings, (3) use of technology in energy savings, and (4) household perception of energy savings in smart homes. Furthermore, three case studies are reviewed in relation to smart homes and smart technology, while discussing the maturity of existing solutions.

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  • Bhati, Abhishek & Hansen, Michael & Chan, Ching Man, 2017. "Energy conservation through smart homes in a smart city: A lesson for Singapore households," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 104(C), pages 230-239.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:enepol:v:104:y:2017:i:c:p:230-239
    DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2017.01.032

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