Conference information


Celebrating 25 Years of Domestic Use of Energy Conferences

At the 25th ‘Domestic Use of Energy Conference’ (DUE) we will have reason to celebrate the annual forums for professionals, practitioners and end-users in all fields of domestic energy. We will discuss the latest developments and consider various options for the effective use of energy in the residential sector. South Africa has been through challenging times of electricity shortage due to unscheduled delays with the commissioning of the Medupi power station and has recovered with up to 14 000 MW excess capacity during the peak hours the first quarter of 2016 due to new generating capacity and an improved maintenance strategy. Attention was given to promoting energy-saving strategies and promoting the urgent roll-outs of renewable energy.

DUE delegates have played no small part in identifying various possibilities. As early as 1993, appliance labelling was already discussed, as were water-heating strategies, modelling of residential loads, prepayment electricity vending technology and user education. Prepaid meters have empowered residential users to save costs and energy by monitoring their own household electricity usage and just reading off the increase in the number of units used as a stove, geyser, kettle, tumble drier, air-conditioner, etc. are switched on. The importance of Demand Side Management (DSM) was first addressed publicly in South Africa at the 1995 DUE conference. It is still widely supported in the face of rising energy costs. Although generating capacity is increasing, there is great benefit in doing everything possible to reduce the increase in demand.

On the supply side, South Africa’s coal-based electricity sector is now finally being supported by the ‘Independent Power Producers Program’. According to Moody’s Investors Service, this country has the fastest global year-on-year Renewable Energy market since 2015. In that year South Africa’s capacity was only 1,.9 GW, but at the present growth rate it is expected to reach 17.8 GW by 2010.

The issues to be addressed at ‘DUE 2017’ include sustainable energy provision; smart control systems, appropriate legislation and its implementation; the role of renewables; and off-grid electricity supply. These challenges are particularly marked in the rural and remote areas of developing countries. Papers and workshops are targeted at establishing problem-solving partnerships where suppliers, distributors and users of energy, together with academia, will aim to speed up the provision and effective use of residential energy. Energy efficiency, consumer attitudes and behaviour, education and marketing are but a few of the factors that will be debated in detail at the conference.


3 April 10:00 Industrial visit
18:00 Meet and greet function
4 April – 5 April Conference
4 April Conference dinner


  1. Customer needs
  2. Domestic Appliances
  3. Energy Efficiency in the Home
  4. Electrification, DC & Mini Grids & Smart Grids
  5. Demand-Side Management
  6. Energy Policies
  7. Energy Audits and M&V
  8. Renewable Energy (Solar, Wind, Hydro & Bio)
  9. Water Heating, Air-conditioning, Heat Pumps
  10. Smart Home Technology
  11. Tariffs and Metering

Workshop on the Sustainable Use of Energy

Sustainable use of energy is no longer just a topic driven by radical environmentalists, but it is a high on the agenda of the man on the street. Wasteful use of energy is seen as detrimental to the environment and well-being of citizens. Environmental issues are prominently referred to when marketing domestic appliances, services and buildings. Financial considerations are also an important factor in energy savings which are not only environmentally friendly but also financially advantageous, especially for the poor, as the price of energy is escalating.

Topics to be discussed will include:

  1. Green awareness and customer focus of energy efficiency
  2. Prepaid meters and tariffs as motivators for energy savings
  3. Innovative marketing incentives and marketing barriers
  4. Impact of Appliance Labeling
  5. Tariffs for domestic consumers
  6. Refrigerators, air conditioning and heat pumps
  7. Energy efficiency standards and ratings
  8. Renewable electrical energy for small municipalities and rural areas

Due dates

As soon as possible Submission of abstracts (200 – 220 words)
30 January 2017 Submission of papers in accordance with DUE guidelines.
Submission of full manuscript prepared in accordance with guidelines. Submission before the deadline will allow for papers to be corrected in accordance with recommendations by referees rather than non-acceptance.
(For guidelines go to
28 February 2017 Notification of acceptance.
15 March 2017 Abstract for workshop contributions(to be distributed to the delegates). These will not be refereed by the organisers

Submission of abstracts
Persons wishing to present a paper at the conference or participate in one of the workshops (without submitting a full manuscript) should fill in relevant portions of the registration form, and submit a title and a 200-word abstract on the website to assist the organisers in compiling the programme (please do this as soon as possible).
Submission of full manuscripts
Authors wishing to present a full manuscript for inclusion in the conference proceedings are requested to submit the manuscript prepared as a camera ready copy, using the template and guidelines downloadable from the conference website.
Manuscripts will be reviewed by referees and returned to the authors if corrections are required.
The refereeing process of the DUE Conferences are designed to meet the requirements specified by the Department of Higher education and Training for refereed Conference Proceedings. The programme will contain the required information in the front pages to support academic authors to submit their papers to DHET for publication incentive subsidies.

Continuous professional development (CPD)

Attendance qualifies for CPD points with ECSA for professional registration.


Companies interested in exhibiting at the conference are invited to contact the Conference Secretariat. Early registration will secure a good exhibition site.


Persons wishing to attend or present a paper at the conference, or participate at a workshop, should register on our website:
The organisers can be contacted at:
Domestic Use of Energy Secretariat
Tel +27 21 959 4330
Fax +27 86 778 0257

Registration fees

Registration fee ranges from R1700 (US$ 130) to R4000 (US$300)

Full Conference fee R4000
Full Industrial visit fee R250
With the following discounts:
Presenting Authors 20%
Full time academics 20%
Full time students 30%
Early Bird Net fee less 10% if paid before 1 March

Multiple discounts are applied successively not additively. Limited funds are available for the registration fees of deserving delegates in financial need.

Conference fees are payable before or on 4 March 2017.

Document archive

Links to the document archive with additional instructions.

Conference venue

ABSA Auditorium, Cape Town Campus, Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Registration is now open - here.
Programme and venue information
  • Programme outline, including outing detail - here.
  • Draft Programme - here.
  • Conference Brochure - here.
Paper template
Please use the new template. The evaluation criteria are listed in the paper template document, which can be found here.
Document archive
Links to the document archive with additional instructions - here.
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