Articles by Daniel Perry

Daniel Perry is a PhD student in Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington and a researcher in the Scientific Collaboration & Creativity Lab (SCCL). He holds a BA from Brown University and a MIMS from the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests include scientific visualization, usability and energy saving behavior, and collaborative games.

Making Energy Savings Easier: Usability Metrics for Thermostats

Abstract U.S. residential thermostats control approximately 9% of the nation’s energy use. Many building codes now require programmable thermostats (PTs) because of their assumed energy savings. However, several recent field studies have shown no significant savings or even higher energy use in households using PTs compared to those using non-PTs. These studies point to usability […] [Read More]