A Nest Learning Thermostat makes it easier than ever to Go Green. This smart thermostat doesn’t require much effort beyond a simple installation process (and you can even hire a pro to come do that for you!). I recently received my Nest thermostat as part of a team of awesome Verizon influencers. I think it is so fun to try out the latest tech for a smarter and greener home – and I love sharing my results with everyone.
My house turned smarter with the Nest in January. It has already helped my family use less energy, which means we also save money on our energy bills. I think everyone should get a Nest thermostat for their home.
Eco conscious people will love saving energy, Techy people will love having the ability to control their home’s environment from any mobile device, Thrifty people will love saving big bucks every month on their heating and cooling bills, and Busy people who have better things to do than turn their thermostats up and down all day will love the Set it and Forget it convenience.
Every month, I receive an email with my Nest Energy Report. It shows a quick summary of the past month’s heating and cooling usage, plus gives me tips on how to save more energy. Now that I have had the Nest for 3 months, my reports can compare monthly energy usage.
In January, we were just getting started with the Nest. My report let me know how many hours of energy the home used for heating and I also saw how much energy Nest Thermostats have saved users since October 2011.
February’s Nest Energy Report told me that I’m in the top 50% of Nesters this month because we used less energy. Yahoo! I was pretty proud of us for earning those Green Leaves. I also learned that the Nest app can check the batteries on Nest products. I would love to install Nest smoke detectors in our home so I could easily check the batteries.
March’s energy report compared our February and March energy usage and showed we used 20 fewer hours. The temperatures outside are warming up, so naturally we don’t need to run the heater as much. The Nest keeps our climate under control.
I also earned more Green Leaves in March and am in the top 45% of Nesters for the month. March’s report told me that I used 21% less heat per month than my state’s average.
I love the Nest thermostat’s Auto Away feature. I sometimes forget to set our Nest to the Away setting (this conserves energy). But the Nest makes up for it and turns itself to Auto Away. This happened just last weekend. We were gone all afternoon and our Nest set to Auto Away. I got home and checked the Nest display to see just how much energy we saved that day because of the Auto Away setting. Our home used 1 hour and 15 minutes less energy that day because of our Nest. Check it out:
The Nest encourages me to be more eco-friendly with my home’s energy usage. I like to set our thermostat temperature a degree or two lower and see how that impacts our energy usage. My goal is to earn some Nest “Kudos” on my monthly Energy Report. Kudos are for Nesters who do something more efficiently than they’ve done in the past, or if they’re doing much better than other Nesters.
The initial cost of a Nest thermostat is $250, but a smart thermostat can pay for itself within 1-2 years (maybe even faster!) depending on the amount of energy your home uses.
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Do you want to turn your home into a smarter, greener home? What do you think about the Nest Home Thermostat? Would you like to save money on your energy bills with a Nest?