This book interrogates the global utopian vision for smart energy technologies and the new energy consumer intended to realise it. It enriches and extends the possibilities of four residential smart strategies: energy feedback, dynamic pricing, home automation and micro-generation, focusing on how they are being integrated into everyday practice.
Yolande Strengers is a Vice Chancellor's Research Fellow and co-leader of the Beyond Behaviour Change research program at the Urban Research Centre, RMIT University, Australia. Her research seeks to understand how emerging technologies such as smart grids, smart meters and household technologies are reshaping everyday practices.
1. Introducing the Smart Utopia 2. Imagining the Smart Utopia 3. Resource Man 4. Energy in everyday practice 5. Energy feedback 6. Dynamic pricing 7. Home automation 8. Micro-generation 9. Reimagining the Smart Utopia: a conclusion