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Good Design Saves Energy; Bad Thermostat Design Is Throwing It Away

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 04, 2012 02:07 AM
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In 1941 Industrial designer Henry Dreyfuss produced the first round Honeywell thermostat. According to the description from a Cooper Hewitt exhibition, "By 1953, the thermostat was refined into its now-familiar form, referred to simply as the Round. Its low price and ability to fit most situations has made the Round one of Dreyfuss's most successful designs. His continuing emphasis on ease of use and maintenance, clarity in form and function, and concern for end-use helped make Honeywell a leader in the field of controls both domestic and industrial environments." It was simple and easy to use. Yet today, according to Katie Fehrenbacher at GigaOm , the energy savings promised by programmable thermostats are being lost because they "are almost as much of a nightmare to figure out as confounding DVRs, and confusing TV remote controls." ... Read the full story on TreeHugger






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