The Nest learning thermostat is a piece of technological awesomeness that puts you in control of your energy bills and home temperature. Before we go into heavy detail the Nest is in essence a device that syncs with your home thermostat and your mobile devices to let you adjust your home’s temperature from anywhere, anytime. Not only does the Nest do what you tell it, but it also learns from your habits and adjusts itself (with your permission) to save you money on heating and cooling bills.
Why the Nest is helpful:
We all know that when you are a first time home buyer, you are crazy busy. Every minute is constant hustle and bustle and one of the things that often gets missed is saving moeny in small ways like by adjusting the thermostat. Here’s where the Nest comes in. You spend a half hour sync’ing it to your thermostat, and then over the next week or so you adjust it accordingly. 70 degrees while you are getting ready for work, 65 degrees when nobody is home, 69 when you cook dinner, and 68 for bed time. After some time the Nest learns your preferences and does the work for you. But what if you break pattern often? It can still be helpful because you can change the temperature before you even get home. Lets say you have to run home but don’t want it to be too cold when you get there, you can adjust the Nest so your home greets you with a 70 degree hug rather than a 62 degree slap in the face.
Saving Dollars not Cents in Your New Home
Virtually all of our customers who move into a new house in Grand Rapids or abroad have to wait until their first heating/cooling billing cycle to see what the damage is. With the Nest you can start saving before the first bill even comes. Here’s where the big savings come in. The Nest knows what temperatures, and what increases/decreases will cost/save you the most money and when you are not at home (which for most is 75% of the time) it optimizes the temperature. Every time you adjust the thermostat it tells you with a nice “leaf” symbol how far you are from energy savings. Prices for heating and cooling are always going up but the Nest lets you control it.
We love any piece of technology that helps our customers save money, time, and effort. Currently in Grand Rapids or West Michigan you can pick up a Nest system from Lowe’s, or order them online!
If you are looking for other ways to save money on your monthly housing bills consider refinancing your mortgage to a lower interest rate!