Credit: Scott Arthur



Modern control systems and creative problem solving help cut energy use in this charming 103-year-old house.
Living Room Screen
Sony HS51A Video Projector
Control4 Control
Office Cooling
Playroom Electronics
Equipment Heat
That Old House
Security Camera
Lighting Control
Control Pads
Original Windows
Keypads Everywhere
Thermostat Control
Green Process
 
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Keypads Everywhere

Mounted to the walls in prime locations, the keypads let the Varns adjust the thermostat remotely by just pressing a button. A goodbye command, for example, lowers the thermostat to an energy-saving daytime setting of 50 degrees. When the Varns return home, a hello command returns the thermostat to its original setting of 62 degrees. That may still seem a bit chilly, but Scott maintains that it’s the most energy-efficient level for this particular house.

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