The development of a datalogger for identifying Energy Poverty (EP) using thermal comfort monitoring is described in this work. There is not a uniform definition of EP, and no global recommendations indicating the thermal comfort characteristics that should be utilized to identify EP. Most Internet of Things (IoT)-based systems designed for EP identification measure energy consumptions (electricity and gas). There is a lack of works that use IoT-based systems to identify EP through the monitoring of thermal comfort parameters. To address the deficiencies discovered in the identification of EP from the perspective of thermal efficiency, an IoT-based monitoring system was designed, developed, and tested. A first pilot was installed in a household in Getafe. A full month of temperature, relative humidity, and CO2 concentration measurements were utilized to evaluate the system, which was then compared to a commercial system. The results revealed that the new IoT-based approach was very dependable and may be used to accurately monitor EP-related parameters.
internet of things; fuel poverty; energy poverty; sensors; thermal comfort; monitoring