Is it true that 50% of the average household electric bill is controlled by the thermostat? According to the company "Nest," that is the case. The EPA has stated that properly adjusted household temperatures can save up to 20% on the monthly energy bill. Nest has taken the EPAs concept to the next level with the learning thermostat dubbed, coincidentally, "Nest."
After a week's time, the thermostat learns the user's behavior. At that point, it will attempt to auto-adjust to where it believes the house should be set at. Onboard the Nest are other sensors that detect ambient conditions. Temperature, light, humidity, and motion sensors let the Nest know what is happening in its world. For example, it could detect that no one is home between 9am and 5pm, and would lower the temp during those hours and raise the temp before the user gets home.
Wifi and internet connectivity allows the thermostat to be adjusted and monitored via phone and computer apps.
Nest was designed and the company was started by two former Apple employees. Tony Fadell, originally the SVP of the iPod division, with lead engineer Matt Rogers have brought their design ethos along with them with this thermostat. Their motto: "Technology should be about more than newest, loudest, prettiest. It should make a difference." And that difference, they speculate, will save the average user $173 in a year, $347 in 2 years, and $520 in 3. In other words, it will pay for itself in 2 years, the Nest costs $250 on pre-order right now.
I have been hearing about this type of thermostat for 10 years. people . What separates a good idea from a great one? Whether the person actually takes the idea to fruition. Hopefully, thermostats like the Nest will lead to becoming standard. The planet will breathe a sigh of relief.