The Nest Learning Thermostat. Programs itself. Keeps you comfortable. Saves energy when you’re away.

December 7, 2011 in Efficiency

Nest Labs, based in Palo Alto, CA, designed The Nest Learning Thermostat, a simple and intelligent thermostat that programs itself in one week to keep you comfy and save a lot of energy (and money).

The Nest Learning Thermostat

Almost looks like an Apple product, right?  Not surprising since the two co-founders, Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers, both helped develop and design many generations of the iPod and iPhone.

The Nest Learning Thermostat is different from other digital thermostats in that,

  • it is simple (according to one study, 90% of programmable thermostats are rarely or never programmed since they’re so complicated to operate),
  • it continues to “learn” and improve efficiency using a combination of sensors and algorithms,
  • it connects to WiFi to integrate current weather conditions in understanding energy use,
  •  it is easily controllable remotely using your computer or smartphone, and finally,
  • it just looks awesome.

“We’ve built the world’s first learning thermostat — a thermostat for the iPhone generation,” Mr. Fadell said.

Why so much excitement about a thermostat?  As Nest puts it, “We didn’t think thermostats mattered either… until we learned they control about 50% of our energy bill“.

So true!  Check out this article I wrote about learning the hard way about the impact of heating/cooling.

Nest shows how 50% of a home's energy bill comes from heating/cooling

The Nest “leaf”  appears on your thermostat when you are saving energy — and changing the temperature just one degree can cut your energy use by up to 5%.

Though the Nest has a steeper price tag than other thermostats ($249), the savings are immediate and you’ll have a payback period of 1-2 years.

But no use in trying to snag a Nest for this Christmas, since they’ve already sold out for 2011.  But you can still put your name in to order a Nest for early 2012.

Check out this video to see the Nest in action.

via Dead Rooster