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EIA Reports One in Eight U.S. homes Uses Programmed Thermostat with Central Air Conditioning

 August, 8th 2017     Comments     Views

The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (www.eia.gov) new Today in Energy brief looks at the use of programmable thermostats in U.S. households to control air conditioning.

“Programmable thermostats are designed to help manage energy use, but most of the U.S. households with these controls do not choose to program their thermostats. Based on information collected through EIA’s Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS) for 2015, only 12% of the nation’s 118 million households had a central air-conditioning unit that is actually controlled using the programmed thermostat. About one in three households using central air conditioning do not have a programmable thermostat. But even for those households that use central air conditioning and have a programmable thermostat, more than two-thirds of those households control temperatures without actually programming the thermostat.”---EIA

graph of air conditioning and programmable
            thermostats in U.S. homes, as explained in the article text

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, 2015 Residential Energy Consumption Survey

 

You can view the full Today in Energy brief that was posted on EIA’s website at:

https://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=32112.