New Smart Thermostats at Munger

Tuesday, August 20, 2019
student with sensor

Residential and Dining Enterprises (R&DE) collaborated with Stanford’s Facilities Energy Management team to install a new online energy management solution, Ecobee SmartBuildings, in Munger Graduate Residence and Jacobson-Sorensen Hall. The system includes an online dashboard, which tracks 200 smart thermostats and 360 sensors that work synergistically to detect occupancy and monitor temperatures. The Ecobee smart thermostat allows the heating and cooling system to go into an energy-saving mode when rooms are unoccupied, and communicates directly with the online SmartBuildings portal to adjust building temperatures to comfort standards. In addition to delivering the preferred temperature to building occupants, the system also sends alerts to building managers, allowing R&DE to fix temperature and equipment problems immediately. Funded through the Energy Retrofit Program, the project is estimated to reduce thermal energy consumption in the buildings by over 20% and avoid around $40,000 in operating costs per year.