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Smart Thermostats Outwit Users

[Scientific American] 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. More>