Laboratory Testing of Demand-Response Enabled Household Appliances

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


With the advent of the Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) systems capable of two-way communications between the utility's grid and the building, there has been significant effort in the Automated Home Energy Management (AHEM) industry to develop capabilities that allow residential building systems to respond to utility demand events by temporarily reducing their electricity usage. Majorappliance manufacturers are following suit by developing Home Area Network (HAN)-tied appliance suites that can take signals from the home's 'smart meter,' a.k.a. AMI meter, and adjust their run cycles accordingly. There are numerous strategies that can be employed by household appliances to respond to demand-side management opportunities, and they could result in substantial reductions inelectricity bills for the residents depending on the pricing structures used by the utilities to incent these types of responses.The first step to quantifying these end effects is to test these systems and their responses in simulated demand-response (DR) conditions while monitoring energy use and overall system performance.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages37
StatePublished - 2013

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-5500-60383


  • appliances
  • automated home energy management (AHEM)
  • Building America
  • demand response
  • dishwasher
  • dryer
  • HPWH
  • laboratory testing
  • NREL
  • refrigerators
  • residential
  • residential buildings
  • simulated occupancy
  • smart grids
  • smart meters
  • washer


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