U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Federal Energy Management Program

New and Underutilized Technology: Wireless Temperature Sensors

The following information outlines key deployment considerations for wireless temperature sensors within the Federal sector.


Wireless thermostats are connected into a building automation system. Ease of adding temperature sensors in more zones allows for greater spatial resolution of zone temperatures, increasing confidence in control improvements through thermostat reset.


Wireless temperature settings are applicable in most building categories.

Key Factors for Deployment

Ease of moving thermostats increases diagnostic capabilities in checking existing hard-wired thermostats.

Ranking Criteria

Federal energy savings, cost-effectiveness, and probability of success are ranked 0-5 with 0 representing the lowest ranking and 5 representing the highest ranking. The weighted score is ranked 0-100 with 0 representing the lowest ranking and 100 representing the highest ranking.

Federal Energy Savings Cost Effectiveness Probability of Success Weighted Score
0.1 4.0 2.3 34