Citizens will be able to use SUNSHINE for reducing energy waste caused by heating/cooling systems unnecessarily running in weather conditions that do not require it. Through Scenario 2, dwellers of pilot buildings will be able to lower their energy bill by receiving personalized automatic alerts on weather conditions that require changes to their very own cooling/heating systems (down to their specific building). While the scenario addresses public buildings in the first step, it can easily be up-scaled to encompass private residential building stock as well.
Through the citizen-oriented alert and communication management service, data consumption regarding electricity will be gathered using the same platform used for public buildings. In this case, the target will be the feedback given to the consumer using his/her real time consumption data and the prediction of overall consumption. SUNSHINE aims thus at modulating domestic consumption by means of “human feedback”: informing in real time (by texting, twitting, notifying a smart phone app, etc) of a spike in actual consumption, possibly caused by faulty electric appliances, changing weather conditions or extraordinary scheduled high\low tariff time intervals. The SUNSHINE solution can also help citizens to avoid the damages of an imminent controlled outage caused by peak of energy request due to forecasts based on weather data.
Through SUNSHINE, citizens will be also able to be kept informed about the energy efficiency of public buildings and their energy costs, as well as the energy preservation practices employed, thus increasing awareness on the state of the art of public building stock, transparency and good governance, favoring regeneration policies across Europe.