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Thermostatic HVAC and other energy management controls that are connected to a computer network. For instance, remotely managed load switches incorporating thermostatic controllers inform an energy management system, to provide enhanced efficiency, and to verify demand response with plug-in air conditioners and heaters. At least one load control device at a first location comprises a temperature sensor and a microprocessor. The load control device is configured to connect or disconnect electrical power to the an attached air conditioner or heater, and the microprocessor is configured to communicate over a network. In addition, the load control device is physically separate from an air conditioner or heater but located inside the space conditioned by the air conditioner or heater.

Title
System and method for optimizing use of plug-in air conditioners and portable heaters
Application Number
12/860821
Publication Number
8090477 (B1)
Application Date
August 20, 2010
Publication Date
January 3, 2012
Inventor
John Douglas Steinberg
Millbrae
CA, US
Agent
Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear
Assignee
EcoFactor
CA, US
IPC
G05D 23/00
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