Campus Thermostats: Do's and Don'ts

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The Do's and Don'ts of Campus Thermostats

We're here to make it easy for you. Here's a quick list of things you should do and things you shouldn't do when it comes to your thermostat. When in doubt just ask, we're here to explain the confusing stuff. You can use our contact form in the footer, or send us an email directly

 

Do 

checkTry adjusting your temperature a few degrees up in the summer and down in the winter. This is a great way to save energy!


checkSee if you can find out which areas your thermostat controls. Is it just your space, or multiple offices?  If your thermostat controls the temperature of several rooms, make sure you're checking in with everyone when you adjust the set point.


checkUse TherMOOstat to make note of your thermostat's set points as well as any discomfort or abnormalities you're experiencing. When you use TherMOOstat you're helping us track and trend feedback for your building. 

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Don't

alertDon't place heat sources too close to your thermostat, such as a fridge, computer monitor, tea kettle, etc. This also includes ice packs! These kinds of events will affect the reading your thermostat gets of the room, and throw off how it services your space!


alertDon't press the buttons on the thermostat harder or move the set point to it's extremes. It may take a couple minutes before you feel a change. Moving the slider or set point to it's extremes or pressing a button harder will not have a big impact. If you think your thermostat is broken or not responding, please submit a work order


alertDon't expect perfect temperatures upon re-entering your room after being away. If you have been out of the office and it is not an ideal temperature when you return, please be patient. Some buildings have occupancy sensors, which minimize energy waste by reducing service to unoccupied spaces.


Don't forget to check out our user guide to campus thermostats! If you're an energy nerd like us and have other tips or suggestions for things to do correctly with you thermostat, let us know! Lastly, don't forget that we're here as a resource for you. If you have any questions you can stop by the Rifle Range or send us an email at energyfeedback@ucdavis.edu. 

 

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