Articles by Marco Pritoni

Marco Pritoni is a PhD student in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering at UC Davis. He holds a Masters' Degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Bologna, Italy. He is currently a graduate student researcher for the UC Davis Western Cooling Efficiency Center and an Emerging Ventures Analyst for the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center.

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]