Housing and Residential Life is committed to the green mission of the university, which includes implementing energy savings measures. As part of that mission, rooms in University Commons and Bennett Halls feature electronic, energy savings thermostats.
How to use the Energy Savings Thermostat
- When you first enter your unit, the room may be warm. This is because the thermostat is in the "Unoccupied Mode" to save energy.
- There are motion detectors in your room that sense when the unit should turn on/off, depending on the occupancy of the room. If it does not respond to motion, gently touch the image of Pistol Pete. Note: If you touch the thermostat with too much force, you can damage it and 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. It can take a minute or two for your unit to adjust once you set the temperature. You should hear your unit's motor running. Depending on the starting temperature of the room, it could take an hour for the temperature to reach your desired setting.
- The thermostat shifts to "Standby" immediately after the last person 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 automatically adjusts to 80°F.
- You will want to reset your thermostat if your room is vacant over a weekend, holiday or university break period.
- Don't prop open your front door. This will cause the thermostat to go into "Standby" and the temperature reset to 78°F.