So I decided it was time to try out the new Nest Learning Thermostat...self-programmable, iPhone-controllable and designed by the same folks who designed the iPod and iPhone.
It just arrived last week and is a cute little booger. But why would someone pay $249 for "cute" you might ask?
Well, the truth is HALF of the typical utility bill is controlled by your thermostat. Most people have purchased a programmable thermostat. Problem is, they failed to properly program them to begin with. With the Nest, simply operate it manually. As you do, it automatically learns what feels comfortable to you, what times you wake up or go to bed, what days you tend to sleep in late, when you've left for work, etc. After a few days to a week, it'll know your routine. You'll soon find you won't be walking up to adjust it.
This video will show you a little bit about it. But get this, your family has left for a summer vacation. Dutifully, you set the A/C so it won't be running needlessly so much while you're gone. But you want the house comfortable before you get home. So you're on the drive back and about three hours from arriving home. You open your smart phone and tell your thermostat to adjust the A/C to come on. Voila! Your home begins cooling for your family's arrival!
How the Nest works to save you money is pretty cool. If you're interested, you can click here to see a simple little video illustrating that for you.