By reducing their electricity consumption, private households can yield financial savings and make a meaningful contribution to climate change mitigation. Recent advances in smart home technologies offer many as yet underexplored routes for measuring energy consumption and providing members of households with detailed information. However, consuming less energy often requires breaking established routines. Providing individuals and households with well-targeted recommendations for behaviour change and real-time feedback on their energy consumption can help in altering these routines.
In order to raise European household's awareness of energy efficiency and to scope the potential of smart homes for climate action, the European Commission financed the "DOMINO – Connecting Europe, Saving Energy" project. In the project households in Berlin, Brussels and Naples were provided with so called 'smart plugs'. Households could test these plugs and measure the electricity consumption of their appliances via a smartphone app on which they also received tailored advice on how to save energy.
adelphi implemented the project together with partners from Naples and Brussels as well as with the communication agency Arctik. The project was implemented within the framework of the European Commission’s ‘Horizon 2020’ programme for research and innovation.