Automation Controls

If any energy using equipment is currently adjusted, turned off and on, or  otherwise controlled manually, there is potential for energy saving automation.  Control systems can be used on any cyclical or temporary energy using device to ensure it is only on when needed.  The usual suspects are lighting, HVAC, and plug loads, but there are plenty of other options for limiting the times equipment is on.  Typical examples of automation controls include programmable thermostats; light sensors, centralized control systems for common areas, and even controls that link to weather forecasting to determine expected heating or cooling loads.