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As the summer heats up, Americans are running their air conditioning more than ever. Author Chris Mooney of the Washington Post highlights the often overlooked, yet essential component to air conditioning: the thermostat. These devices are often confusing, and that confusion has lead to widespread misuse, increasing energy use and costs to the consumer.

While there are many previous reports that come to similar conclusions, the paper highlighted in the Washington Post asked respondents to upload photos of their thermostats. WCEC’s Marco Pritoni, co-author of this research paper is quoted in the Post with regards to these photos, “The responses to this survey paint a remarkable picture of a technology that is widely misunderstood by its users.”

Read the full Washington Post article here »

Read the Journal paper written by Marco Pritoni, Alan Meier, Cecilia Aragon, Daniel Perry, and Therese Peffer here »