Policy mixes for more sustainable smart home technologies

B K Sovacool, D D Furszyfer Del Rio*, S Griffiths*

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Abstract

Smart home technologies refer to devices that provide some degree of digitally connected, automated, or enhanced services to household occupants. Smart homes have become prominent in recent technology and policy discussions about energy efficiency, climate change, and the sustainability of buildings. Nevertheless, do they truly promote sustainability goals? Based on an extensive original dataset involving expert interviews, supplemented with a review of the literature, this study elaborates on an array of social, technical, political, and environmental risks facing smart home innovation, with clear implications for research, policy, and technology development. Only with a more thoughtful and coordinated mix of policies in place will smart home adoption begin to fulfill some of the sustainability objectives their advocates continually promise.
Original languageEnglish
Article number054073
Number of pages14
JournalEnvironmental Research Letters
Volume16
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 May 2021

Keywords

  • Letter
  • smart home technologies
  • smart energy management
  • smart grids
  • smart meters
  • energy and buildings
  • energy feedback
  • digital society

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