Nest Learning Thermostat – Pays for itself in about 2 years

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  • Nest Learning Thermostat – Pays for itself in about 2 years
  • Nest Learning Thermostat – Pays for itself in about 2 years
  • Nest Learning Thermostat – Pays for itself in about 2 years
Nest Learning Thermostat

  • The 3rd gen Nest Learning Thermostat does. It learns what temperature you like and builds a schedule around yours. Since 2011, the Nest Thermostat has saved over 4 billion kWh of energy in millions of homes worldwide.* And independent studies showed that it saved people an average of 10-12% on heating bills and 15% on cooling bills. So in under two years, it can pay for itself.
  • Pop off your old thermostat and install your new Nest. It should take about half an hour. Now turn up the temperature and get comfortable.
  • The Nest Learning Thermostat automatically adapts as your life and the seasons change. Just use it for a week and it programs itself.
  • Wherever you go, you’re home. You adjust the temperature from your phone.
  • Nest shows you how much energy you use every day in Energy History and every month in your Home Report. So you can see when you use more energy, like on weekends or Monday nights, and how to use less.
  • Change the temperature to save energy and you’ll be rewarded with a Leaf. The Leaf learns how to help you save, so it appears at different temperatures for different families.
  • Now the Nest Thermostat does something new. It’s called Farsight, and it lights up to show you the temperature, weather or time. You can even choose a digital or analog clock face. Farsight is big and bright on the beautiful display – you can see it from across the room.
  • The Nest Thermostat is just one part of your heating and cooling system. But it can keep an eye on the rest of it. You’ll get an alert on your phone if there’s something wrong – like temperatures are so low your pipes could burst. And if it looks like your furnace is acting up, the Nest Thermostat will send you an alert.

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Most of us cannot afford a smart home like you see in the movies…so I thought. I have heard about the Nest thermostat years ago, and again when they bought out Dropcam…my favorite IP camera. I thought maybe it was a gimmick until recently when got faced with a 3 AC unit situation…in the sweltering Arizona heat. I knew utilities can get pretty high from past 2 AC unit homes we lived in. I did look into solar, but the lease approach did not look like a good resale position especially with utility companies playing rate games with solar customers. To buy a solar system for a large house would cost a ridiculous amount upfront with ROI not in my lifetime. So to start saving money immediately, a simple solution is to get smart thermostats. And nobody does it better than Nest from what I have researched. Eventually, when our kids are gone, a smaller solar system on a smaller house with 1 AC unit makes sense.

The Nest will learn and remember our changes and smartly keep us aware if we are saving money or not.

The Nest thermostat will be the brains behind our budget smart home. Nest has other smart home products that sync up with the Nest Thermostat. Every month or two, you could add in a smart…camera, door lock, light, smoke alarm, etc…they have many addons to choose from. Even though we felt we got a great deal on the house purchase, with soaring utilities it sours that savings somewhat. So we do have to be smart on our utility approach, and besides servicing the AC units and ducts…the Nest Thermostat is step one. Step 2 will be adapting our smart thermostat and lights to work with peak and off peak times…and to set up the away mode. With regular thermostats, I may start with an initial programmed schedule, but it runs the same no matter if we are home or not. And with a family after a while, there is alot of button pushing up or down but any temperature customization is forgotten within a few hours by a normal thermostat. The Nest will learn and remember our changes and smartly keep us aware if we are saving money or not. There is a passcode option to keep the kids from messing with the temps. Besides saving money, my favorite feature is I can hop on my phone and turn the temperature back up when my wife turns it down. So it begins again.

Update - 2016.08.01

It has been a month since I have been using the Nest Thermostats at our new home. We have searing hot summers in Arizona, and in our past homes we had some months it felt like we were paying a double mortgage to keep cool. One home was about the same size and age as our new home, but only had 2 AC units. So now with 3 AC units I was worried. I did not signup for the peak/off peak savings program…yet when I looked at this months electric bill, it was at least $250 less than what it would have been in our last 2 houses for July heat! I did not expect that. I will update you next month to see if this was a fluke.

Update - 2016.09.01

Another triple digit month passed, another electric bill. 20 dollars cheaper than last month. Not very scientific, but pretty darn happy with the results. I would have been much higher in my last 2 houses…again, one home being the same size, built the same year, with only 2 ac units, just 20 minutes away.

Verdict

9 Total Score
Excellent

Nest Learning Thermostat will start saving you money right away. It will learn your favorite settings and show you how to save. Excellent build quality and interface. High ROI value.

Performance
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Essential
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Value
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