Eco Thermostat Instructions

eco thermostat

All of our new buildings in West Campus have Eco Thermostats. Thank you for committing to energy and carbon reduction by using them.


  1. Push center button for two hours of high-heat
  2. Set your personal high-heat temperature between 68-74F using the arrow buttons.
  3. After 2 hours of high-heat, thermostat will reset to 66F.
  4. After 48 hours of no contact, thermostat will automatically reset to 55F (vacation mode).
  5. Push center button for high-heat as often as needed.
    After 10 seconds following contact, thermostat reads actual room temperature. 

About Eco Thermostat

How do you take complete control of your room temperature, save energy, reduce your carbon footprint and reinforce energy accountability – after all, why heat it, if you are not there? UW Housing & Food Services created an inexpensive preprogrammed thermostat that does all of these things.

The new thermostat, developed in conjunction with consultants and thermostat manufacturer PSG Controls, can reduce total residence hall energy use in HFS’ new buildings by 5 percent, just through smarter room heating. Five percent energy savings for all of the students living with HFS is significant.

The HFS Thermostat allows an occupant to set the room temperature of their electric resistance heater between 68-74 degrees. With a push of a button on the thermostat, the electric heater runs at the occupant-set temperature for two hours. At the end of that time, the thermostat resets to 66 degrees.

If no heat is required for 48 hours, the thermostat resets the heater to 55 degrees, so only minimal heating is provided when students are on break. The new student buildings are well insulated, so that the temperature does not quickly dissipate once the thermostat goes into the setback mode. Also, bodies, lights, computers, chargers and appliances in the room add heat to the room.

The thermostat is located immediately adjacent the light switch in the rooms. Students can “call for” heat in the same way they control the lighting in their rooms. Because students now interact with their room heater on a regular basis, they are significantly more aware of the energy they are using. HFS hopes that increased awareness of energy use for heat will enhance the students understanding of other resources that can also be conserved, further reducing their carbon impact.