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Setpoint

July 07, 2017
Adjusting setpoints, even by a few degrees, can cause major energy-saving differences in a building. 

$13,555 Saved Over Cesar Chavez Weekend!

June 29, 2017
With 50 buildings participating in Holiday shutdowns, the energy savings totaled 2,893,526 kBtu, which equates to $13,555.

Economizer

June 01, 2017
Joules' Word of the Month for June is "Economizer". Never heard of one? There may be one on your rooftop!

4-Year Energy Upgrade in Ghausi

May 24, 2017
Ghausi Hall got a major tune-up! The Energy & Controls Team finished a 4-year energy upgrade in the lab building, resulting in major savings.

Get to Know Your Campus Thermostats

April 28, 2017
One of the most common obstacles in the quest for thermal comfort is the thermostat itself. Whether they’re difficult to find, read, understand, or adjust - we’ve found they’re often the culprit causing discomfort.

Crowdsourcing to Keep Classrooms Comfortable

March 13, 2017
Crowdsourcing comfort is particularly important in classrooms and lecture halls which seat anywhere from 15 up to hundreds of students.

Meet the Team Behind TherMOOstat

March 13, 2017
Meet Jessica Galvan and John Coon, the team reading and investigating all of your TherMOOStat submissions.

TherMOOstat FAQs

March 13, 2017
This is where we keep track of frequently asked questions for our TherMOOstat users!

What Your Comments are Telling Us

March 08, 2017
When we see these keywords regularly in a short time period, we have a list of possible causes to investigate.

Thermostat Wars

December 11, 2016
Have you ever taken sides in a thermostat war? In this post you’ll find out a little more about what’s happening in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system that can make these wars so intense. 

How Occupancy Affects Building Energy Use

November 14, 2016
Buildings use more energy when they’re occupied. This may seem obvious, but it’s something our office investigates when looking for energy inefficiencies on campus.