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Project: T134700 #7064

The purpose of this study is to inform members of the Customer Energy Solutions Interest Group (CESIG) about the need and opportunities for learning thermostats pilot projects, which might then lead to full-scale demand-side management (DSM) programs. The investigator and a group of four project monitors—four utilities and DSM program administrators—worked conjointly on conducting the study from January to July 2014. The study focuses on the provinces in which the project monitors operate, namely Ontario, British Columbia and Saskatchewan.

During project inception, the research team identified commercially available climate control solutions that share traits with smart thermostats and prioritized three leading learning/self-programmable thermostats. The research included interviews with utilities administering smart or learning thermostat DSM programs, as well as interviews with key market actors. This included interviews with manufacturers, experienced installation contractors, retailers, and a residential end-use behaviour expert. The study also included a review of secondary literature concerning smart/learning thermostats and traditional models. The research focuses on the following five areas: technology characterization, market characterization, a savings assessment, a jurisdictional scan of example DSM programs, and a barrier analysis.

Keywords: Smart Thermostat, Learning Thermostat, Programmable Thermostat, Residential, Energy Conservation, Demand Side Management, Demand Response, Utilities, Home Energy Management, Internet of Things