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California thermostats and new home owners

California thermostats and new home owners

In the California Building Code, dozens of proposals are being finalized for Title 24.  One of considerable interest to the NEMA Residential and Commercial Controls Section involves the requirement of a device called an Upgradeable Setback Thermostat, or UST, in new construction homes.  A UST is essentially a wireless programmable thermostat with the radio removed and a port available where a radio module may be inserted later.  The goal of this proposal, developed by CEC staff, advocates Read more [...]
Regional Efficiency Standards Save Energy.

Regional Efficiency Standards Save Energy.

Congratulations to the Air –Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) for being awarded the 2011 “Super Nova of Energy Efficiency” award from the Alliance to Save Energy.   AHRI lead a coalition energy efficiency advocacy groups in developing a regional efficiency standard consensus agreement.   Rather than a “one-size-fits-all” approach the efficiency standard of a furnace, heat pump or central air-conditioner will now depend on the Read more [...]
Programmable Thermostat Standard Saves Heating and Cooling Costs

Programmable Thermostat Standard Saves Heating and Cooling Costs

Last month saw the launch of NEMA DC3, Annex A Energy Efficiency Requirements for Programmable Thermostats.  This standard will form the technical specification for the Energy Aware certification program reported in a recent NEMACurrents Blog.  NEMA DC3, Annex A was developed to replace the EnergyStar specification for programmable thermostats.  When EPA decided to suspend the EnergyStar label for programmable thermostats NEMA responded quickly to industry’s need to provide Read more [...]
Energy Star makes a U-turn on programmable thermostats

Energy Star makes a U-turn on programmable thermostats

Last week EPA held a webinar on a revised Energy Star specification for programmable thermostats.  This reverses EPA’s previous announcement that it would suspend the Energy Star labeling of thermostats by the beginning of 2010.  Nearly 100 stakeholders, including NEMA Staff and members, participated in the meeting. While the existing specification was out of date, suspending the labeling would not have been in the best interests of consumers.  NEMA and its members were able Read more [...]
Thermostat Recycling Corporation Increases Awareness and Participation

Thermostat Recycling Corporation Increases Awareness and Participation

Do you recycle? Are you interested in recycling? Questions like these encouraged a wide variety of answers at the 2009 Ace Hardware Convention in Atlanta, Georgia this past weekend. The Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC) participated in this massive expo for Ace Hardware retailers with one goal in mind: raise awareness of the manufacturer supported collection program and the opportunity for thermostat retailers to act as collection points. TRC, at Ace Hardware’s invitation, spent 3 days Read more [...]