The One Drawback Of

Smart Thermostats

You Probably Haven't Heard About

Cornell researchers found that many users often keep the default factory settings because they don’t understand how to program their smart thermostat.

Default settings increase demand on the grid at  peak times.

Because so many users keep the default factory settings for their smart thermostat, all of these devices are set to warm up a cold house in the winter at the same time—typically around 6:00 am.

During the colder winter months, in particular, this load synchronization often occurs during the early morning hours, when it is still dark outside.

With the increased stress, more power outages or rolling blackouts could occur.

Educate consumers and stagger ramp-up times.

This will help prevent the onslaught on the grid caused by all the consumers who stick with the thermostat’s default settings.

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