A Modular Recommender System for Domestic Energy Efficiency

Date

2023-06-15

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Journal Title

Journal ISSN

ISSN

2667-0100

Volume Title

Publisher

Elsevier

Type

Article

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

Recommender systems continually impact multiple verticals by introducing automated intelligence to decision making. When applying such Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools to energy efficiency problems, a number of opportunities and challenges present themselves. This paper presents a modular recommender system for improving domestic household energy savings. The recommender relies upon a contextual appliance-level energy dataset from seven appliances in a household. Modularity is incorporated into the system design to create customizable sub-components that adapt to the nature of the data and the end-user’s preference, such as modules that recommend based on usage patterns, power consumption, and occupancy. Machine Learning (ML) has been used for automatic appliance profiling and rank-based methods are employed to evaluate the recommender based on relevance scores. Implementation results for generating recommendations for two weeks yield a Root Mean Square Error (RMSE) of 0.2288, Normalized Cumulative Discounted Gain (NCDG) of 0.729 for seven appliances. Future work includes evaluation on edge computing platforms and user testing through a mobile application.

Description

open access article

Keywords

Energy efficiency, Sustainability, Recommender systems, Artificial Intelligence, Modularity

Citation

Alsalemi, A., Amira, A., Malekmohamadi, H. and Diao, K. (2023) A Modular Recommender System for Domestic Energy Efficiency. Environmental Challenges, 13, 100741

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Research Institute

Institute of Artificial Intelligence (IAI)