For the past five weeks I have been participated in a fun challenge with several other bloggers to see who can save the most electricity this winter. And each of us got a Nest Thermostat for our homes.
The truth is that in many households, people leave the house at one temperature either seasonally or year round. When we first moved into this house several years ago, we did the same thing. The Nest Learning Thermostat figures out your family’s schedule, and programs itself to accommodate you. It can also be controlled and monitored from your phone.
As someone who tends to always be cold, I have a tendency to make my home a comfortable temperature rather than saving money by leaving it a little cool in the house. This thermostat tells you when you are set to a temperature that saves energy. It shows a green leaf on the thermostat.
The makers of the Nest Learning Thermostat say that it can lower your heating and cooling bills by up to 20%. We have only had ours for one billing cycle so far. Considering that it was during the holiday week and the polar vortex, we were really pleased with the results. We have also been making a concerted effort to conserve energy, particularly in the kitchen.
I am looking forward to seeing its impact in our home during the summer months. The thermostat has a function called Airwave, where it automatically shuts off the cool air a few minutes before it shuts off the fan. So it saves on the production of the cold air, while allowing for the air to continue circulating.
The Nest Learning Thermostat also has a neat function called Auto-Away, that automatically turns to an energy-efficient temperature when you are not home. It retails for $249 at https://store.nest.com/ and is really easy to install.