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Energy Savings

Energy Savings Thermostat - Located in University Commons and Bennett Halls

Welcome! OSU Housing and Residential Life is excited you are living on campus! The Department is committed to the green mission of the University, which includes implementing energy savings measures. As part of that mission, your room has been equipped with an electronic thermostat. Please follow these easy tips to operate your system.

View of energy saving thermostat settings.View of energy saving thermostat in screen saver mode

  • When you first enter your unit, it may be warm. This is because the thermostat has been set to unoccupied mode. The temperature is set higher to save energy.
  • The thermostat will come on automatically when it senses motion. If it does not, simply touch the image of Pistol Pete.  Please be very gentle! Touching the thermostat with too much force can cause irreparable damage to the device, and you may be charged $500 to replace it.
  • The thermostat has a temperature range of a low of 68°F and a high of 75°F. You can set your comfort level anywhere between these two temperatures.
  • The thermostat automatically changes from air conditioning to heating depending on the temperature setting. It can take a minute or two for your unit to adjust once the temperature is set, so please wait a few minutes. You should hear your unit's motor running, and the temperature will begin to change. Depending on the starting temperature of the room, it could take an hour for the temperature to reach your desired setting.
  • There are motion detectors in your room, which will sense when the unit should come on and off depending on the occupancy of the room. The unit will shift to Standby immediately after the last student leaves the room, and the temperature will be set to 78°F. After 16 more hours in Standby, the thermostat will go into Unoccupied Mode, and the temperature will be set automatically at 80°F. Simply adjust the thermostat to your desired temperature and the unit will respond. This is important to note when your unit is vacant over a weekend, holiday, or university break period.
  • Please do not prop open your front door! This will cause the thermostat to go into Standby mode and the temperature will be 78°F.

If you have questions or need to report any maintenance item, please contact Housing and Residential Life Facilities at (405) 744-8510, Monday-Friday, 8am - 5 pm. For after-hours, weekends, and University breaks, please contact OSU Facilities Management at (405) 744-7154.