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Sensors, Networks, Usability-and Thermostats, Sep 14

Thermostats are getting smarter, but are they doing their job of providing comfort and convenience to the occupant as well as managing energy consumption? This talk describes two research projects that use advanced thermostats. One project reviewed the use of occupancy sensors and networked programmable thermostats in dorm rooms across the US, with a focus on a case study at UC Davis. The other project analyzed the results of a usability study with programmable thermostats to determine critical design features that lead to better usability. The goal of this talk is to show the appropriate application of new techniques in facilitating energy savings in heating and cooling homes and dorm rooms.

Cookies and fruit will be provided.


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