High heating bill sparks startup HiberSense

Inspiration for Jacob Kring came last winter in the form of a $600 electric heating bill for a small three-bedroom apartment he was renting in South Oakland. The University of Pittsburgh graduate shared the apartment with two roommates. They discovered the problem in no time: the furnace thermostat was mounted in one of the bedrooms. Close the bedroom door and the thermostat responded only to the temperature in the room, leaving the rest of the apartment in the Arctic. The landlord was unsympathetic. “The heating system was just so poorly designed,” said Mr. Kring, 23. “The roommate closes the door, he’s comfortable, everybody else freezes. Definitely not great. “I still think a $600 electric bill, which was more than the rent, is a little absurd.” From this absurdity of undergraduate life…


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