ThermoCoach: Reducing home energy consumption with personalized thermostat recommendations

Devika Pisharoty, Rayoung Yang, Mark W. Newman, Kamin Whitehouse

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Abstract

Thermostats have the potential for tremendous impact on global energy consumption, but unfortunately they are often not used effectively. In this paper, we present a new system called ThermoCoach that improves thermostat usability by giving personalized and actionable recommendations for thermostat use. The system senses human occupancy patterns in a home and emails the household suggested setpoint schedules that can be modified or activated with the click of a button. We performed a randomized controlled trial by deploying over 600 devices in 40 homes from 12 weeks to compare ThermoCoach with a manually programmable thermostat and the Nest learning thermostat. Results indicate that ThermoCoach saves 4.7% more energy than a manually programmable thermostat and 12.4% more energy than the Nest learning thermostat while significantly improving comfort over both approaches.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBuildSys 2015 - Proceedings of the 2nd ACM International Conference on Embedded Systems for Energy-Efficient Built
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages201-210
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450339810
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 4 2015
Event2nd ACM International Conference on Embedded Systems for Energy-Efficient Built, BuildSys 2015 - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: Nov 4 2015Nov 5 2015

Other

Other2nd ACM International Conference on Embedded Systems for Energy-Efficient Built, BuildSys 2015
CountryKorea, Republic of
CitySeoul
Period11/4/1511/5/15

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Keywords

  • Hardware
  • Infrastructure
  • Software

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction

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Pisharoty, D., Yang, R., Newman, M. W., & Whitehouse, K. (2015). ThermoCoach: Reducing home energy consumption with personalized thermostat recommendations. In BuildSys 2015 - Proceedings of the 2nd ACM International Conference on Embedded Systems for Energy-Efficient Built (pp. 201-210). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. DOI: 10.1145/2821650.2821671

ThermoCoach : Reducing home energy consumption with personalized thermostat recommendations. / Pisharoty, Devika; Yang, Rayoung; Newman, Mark W.; Whitehouse, Kamin.

BuildSys 2015 - Proceedings of the 2nd ACM International Conference on Embedded Systems for Energy-Efficient Built. Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, 2015. p. 201-210.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Pisharoty, D, Yang, R, Newman, MW & Whitehouse, K 2015, ThermoCoach: Reducing home energy consumption with personalized thermostat recommendations. in BuildSys 2015 - Proceedings of the 2nd ACM International Conference on Embedded Systems for Energy-Efficient Built. Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, pp. 201-210, 2nd ACM International Conference on Embedded Systems for Energy-Efficient Built, BuildSys 2015, Seoul, Korea, Republic of, 11/4/15. DOI: 10.1145/2821650.2821671
Pisharoty D, Yang R, Newman MW, Whitehouse K. ThermoCoach: Reducing home energy consumption with personalized thermostat recommendations. In BuildSys 2015 - Proceedings of the 2nd ACM International Conference on Embedded Systems for Energy-Efficient Built. Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. 2015. p. 201-210. Available from, DOI: 10.1145/2821650.2821671
Pisharoty, Devika ; Yang, Rayoung ; Newman, Mark W. ; Whitehouse, Kamin. / ThermoCoach : Reducing home energy consumption with personalized thermostat recommendations. BuildSys 2015 - Proceedings of the 2nd ACM International Conference on Embedded Systems for Energy-Efficient Built. Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, 2015. pp. 201-210
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