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Getting smart about smart thermostats

Created 5/14/2019 by Nic Lane
Updated 5/14/2019 by Veronica Marzilli
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Smart thermostats are coming to a home near you. A panel of regional experts offered their thoughts on the latest research in the field and the energy savings potential of smart thermostats in the region.

Jim Perich-Anderson – Puget Sound Energy, senior market analyst

Keshmira McVey – BPA, emerging technology program manager

Phillip Kelsven – BPA, planning and evaluation engineer

Dan Rubado – Energy Trust of Oregon

Clint Stewart – Puget Sound Energy, market manager


  • Almost half of future energy savings will come from emerging technology, including smart thermostats.
  • Many roads lead consumers to smart thermostats – comfort, savings, cool factor – are all drivers.
  • What’s the taxonomy of thermostats? Programmable offer set heating and cooling schedule, internet connected allows remote operation, smart and advanced smart both offer differing degrees of occupancy sensing.
  • Significant Energy Trust research, potential for up to 100 gigawatt hour savings in Oregon residences.
  • The data aren't conclusive yet, but researchers suspect smart thermostats will lead to off-peak energy savings.
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Sector: Residential
Function: Emerging Technology
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