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Smart thermostats can help NHL ice

Real-time data can help fans, arenas better manage heating and cooling energy use

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From March 12-18, the National Hockey League and its member clubs, as part of the first-ever NHL Green Week, will showcase its greening programs and initiatives that are reducing the League's environmental impact, while calling on fans and partners to accelerate a movement toward a healthier planet.  

Today's Tip: Set your thermostat like you set your fantasy team

Environmental issues can't be managed effectively without successful measurement systems. At home you can use your thermostat to schedule heating and cooling to reduce energy while you sleep or are out of the house. In a typical home, heating and cooling account for approximately 56 percent of the energy use, making it the largest energy expense, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Smart thermostats automatically program based on your habits and can be controlled from your phone. Setting the correct conditions in your home can lower your heating and cooling bills by up to 20 percent.

NHL arenas are installing smart thermostats and building automation systems which provide significant reductions in energy consumption. The improved tracking and measurement systems enhance environmental performance and reduce operating costs. Not only are these improvements better for the environment, they make the game better. Arena workers can analyze real-time data regarding the ice as temperatures and conditions change in the arena. This knowledge helps improve ice quality during NHL games.

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