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Extending the Value of Smart Thermostats — Are “Smart Thermostats” really that smart?

Posted by Encycle on Jul 26, 2017 9:12:00 AM

A thermostat is a common, everyday device that we typically ignore while passing it in the hall, hardly a technically advanced computing platform.  So why is there a buzz about this being a “smart” device, especially for home use, and what value can it provide to building operators?

Encycle took a hard look at existing smart thermostat functionality, and determined how to apply its intellectual property and patents to make them “super” smart. Let’s explore some of the features and services that reduce building operators’ utility costs using Encycle’s SwarmStat™ service.

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Topics: HVAC efficiency, smart buildings, HVAC Control, Smart thermostat

Practical Demand Management – Going Beyond HVAC Control

Posted by Encycle on Jul 12, 2017 1:40:29 PM

Demand charges, determined by the maximum amount of power you draw at any given time (typically measured over any 15-minute period during the month), can account for 50 percent or more of a commercial customer’s electricity bill.  Demand management systems aim to either curtail your load during that anticipated peak period or spread your load more evenly.  This, in turn, reduces peak demand and, hence, your power bill.  If your organization participates in a demand response (DR) program, your ability to control demand is even more important as you can be heavily penalized for failing to meet your obligations when a DR event is called.

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Topics: Energy Efficiency, HVAC efficiency, HVAC Control, Demand Response, Electricity Demand Management