Friday, April 15, 2011

Smart Thermostats Outwit Users

Programmable thermostats, which now make up about half the U.S. sales of all thermostats, could be more trouble for some than they’re worth. A study led by Alan Meier, a senior scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, concluded that in many cases, these Energy Star-labeled thermostats are making it hard to save energy. The reason is many people don’t know how to use them. Programmable thermostats allow users to automatically set them at lower temperatures when they’re asleep or not at home. But many people aren’t taking the extra step required to make the energy savings possible, according to the study. Go here to learn more.

It is worth noting that part of this study was one of our 2010 Summer Student Projects - Thanks Daniel for all your efforts! Best Blogger Tips

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