Are you ready for the next generation of indoor comfort control? The Nest thermostat is definitely part of that. This thermostat is not only accessible from your smart phone, but it will sense when no one is at home, and adjust comfort accordingly. It will also “learn” your schedule, and program itself for optimal comfort control. This little thermostat doesn’t take too long to pay for itself, and you’ll love the convenience it offers. A downside, if you have a large home, you’ll need more than one Nest to accurately measure activity. An alternative is the Honeywell Lyric® which monitors the location of smart phones instead of actual movement.
According to Nest: Most people install the Nest Thermostat themselves in 30 minutes or less. Once it’s on your wall, it automatically activates the best features for your system and starts learning about you and your home.
Save while you’re away.
With Auto-Away™, the Nest Thermostat automatically turns to an energy-efficient Away temperature when you’re gone.
Auto-Away works in 90% of homes, even if your Nest is in a spot you don’t pass on your way out the door.
Nest knows you.
By now, the Nest Thermostat has made a schedule for your home that’s helping you save energy. Change the temperature a few days in a row and Nest will catch on, but one-off adjustments won’t confuse it.
Want to refine your schedule? You can edit it in seconds on the Nest Thermostat or remotely using your Nest Account.
A. Johnny and Kate, Chicago, IL
Family with two kids. Kate stays home but is constantly on the go, dropping off/picking up kids, running errands, and going on an occasional outing with friends.
Kate wants to turn down temperature when she is away to keep her heating bills low, but her schedule isn’t predictable enough to do so during the day. However, they do turn down the temperature at nighttime by 4°F, which Auto-Schedule remembers and results in 9% savings.
With their irregular schedule, Johnny and Kate take full advantage of Auto-Away. Auto-Away turns on three times a week for more than 4 hours at a time on average. Because Kate set their Away temperature to be 8°F lower than her usual temperature during the day, she is saving 16% on days the thermostat goes to Auto Away. 16% for 3 days/week amounts to 7% savings every week. All together, winter savings from a Nest Thermostat total 15%.
During the summer, Kate and Johnny don’t use the AC too often. They turn it on during really hot afternoons, but they turn it off by early morning. AC typically runs fairly consistently during this time so Airwave doesn’t run too often. Total Airwave savings are 2%.
Because their heating bills are 10 times higher than their cooling bills, they are saving 14% overall from heating and cooling bills with a Nest Thermostat.
B. Angelina and Dillon, Seattle, WA
Newlyweds. Both work many hours. No kids. One dog.
Angelina and Dillon bought their Nest Thermostat because they heard it can reduce energy bills for heat pumps with AUX, which are common in Seattle. Their Nest Thermostat learned a schedule that reduces the temperature while nobody is home as well as when they’re asleep, but they have an older dog and want to make sure he’s comfortable. So they set both their afternoon temperature (while they’re at work) and Away temp to 65°F. Because their daytime temp and Away temp are the same, they don’t save much from Auto-Away. This schedule, however, is saving them 14%.
The Nest Thermostat activated Heat Pump Balance for the couple, and they set it to Max Savings. That saves them 9%. Finally, they pay attention to their Nest Thermostat’s Filter Reminder and change their filter regularly, saving an additional 6%. Put it all together and their heating bills are 26% lower with a Nest Learning Thermostat.
C. Tina and Joe, Phoenix AZ
Retired couple. Home a lot. Grandchildren stay at their house in the afternoon.
Phoenix summer is hot. While Tina and Joe’s schedule doesn’t have a large increase in temperature during the day, they made a conscious decision to increase the temp by 2°F when the grandkids aren’t over. This schedule is saving them 10% on their cooling bills.
They like to go out to play golf about twice a week, so Auto-Away saves them 20% on those days. This is 6% savings total. Finally, Airwave is working quite well in their dry, hot home and cutting their AC runtime by 30%. That saves them 9% on their cooling bills. All together, they are saving 23% with their Nest Thermostat in the summer.
The winter is mild so heating doesn’t turn on much during the day. However, it turns on a lot at night because it gets cold. They’ve turned down the night temperature, so they are saving 18% (mild weather places have larger percentage savings). Auto-Away in the winter is saving them an additional 2%. In the winter, they are saving 20%.
With cooling costing 5 times more than heating, they’re saving 22% on their heating and cooling costs with a Nest Thermostat.