Tuesday, October 30, 2012

the nest - a learning thermostat for your home

the nest - a learning thermostat for your home

Have you heard about the nest thermostat?

the nest thermostat

I've been hearing about it and reading rave reviews for the last couple months - it's billed as being super easy to use, learns your house's habits within a week, and saves you a lot of money on your electric bill.

It's an interesting concept, and I'm big on both saving energy and saving money.

  • Motion-sensing technology lets nest know when you're not home.
  • You manually select temperatures as you normally would, and nest learns your habits and gets the house to the right temperature without you having to think about it.
  • You tell it what temperature to use when you're not home, and nest automatically knows when you're away and turns up/down accordingly. But unlike your current thermostat, nest will have the house back to your preferred temperature before you get home.
  • It connects to your home's wi-fi network, and is then available to adjust from your smartphone. (iphone, ipad, android).
  • You can access your nest from online to view reports, history, and change settings.

The nest website shows a real-life example of a couple from Phoenix using nest in their 2,000 sqft home, who cut their energy bill by 23% in the summer and 20% in the winter.

At $249 it's not cheap, but if it could cut my energy bill by 20% it would more than pay for itself in one summer!

Available at Lowe's. 144 Reviews - 5 Stars.

Have you tried the nest yet?

-Chris Butterworth