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Smart Outlets

Evrim Sahin

A home system that helps reducing electricity consumption by targeting phantom loads and unneeded usage.

Classes Thesis

With the fast developing technology, electronic appliances have become and continuing to be more widely used in our lives. One of the consequences of having many appliances is the significant amount of energy wasted while they are not being used. The excess usage is caused by the phantom loads and users’ negligent behavior. Studies show that standby power alone accounts for 5 to 15 percent of the electricity wasted in our homes

Smart Outlets aim to help people live a greener lifestyle by helping them conserve energy. The system is automated to kill power at the outlet level when it detects a device has gone to standby mode. The outlets are also wirelessly networked to cut off unneeded electric flow when a household leaves home and to enable future implementation of remote controlling over the internet. The prototype comprises one power strip of 2 regular and 5 controlled outlets, one controlled single socket, a key hook unit that acts as kill switch activated when the last person leaves home and possibly an ethernet module to enable managing the system over the internet.




Implementation
The prototype comprises one power strip of 2 regular and 5 controlled outlets, a key hook unit that acts as kill switch to all outlets activated when the last person leaves home and possibly an ethernet module to enable managing the system over the internet.