The Nest Learning Thermostat isn’t just programmable. It actually anticipates what you need it to do, which (besides being really cool, no pun intended) can save a substantial amount of wasted energy. Since heating and cooling accounts for a full 50% of an average home’s energy use, that also means saving you a bundle of money.
Nest is the brainchild of two Apple execs who worked on the revolutionary iPod and iPhone, and its Wi-Fi accessibility makes it especially well suited for Mac or iPhone users. But besides being remotely controllable and programmable like the Ecobee thermostat, the Nest turns itself down when you leave, as well as remembering and autoscheduling your preferred temperature settings. It also uses a feature called “Airwave” that optimizes residual cooling from your AC unit, cutting cooling costs by up to 30%.
The Nest thermostat gets bonus points for its snazzy design, but it delivers function along with style. According to the manufacturer, over the 20-year lifespan of an average HVAC system, a Nest unit has to potential to save a homeowner a whopping $6,000!
The Nest thermostat is simple to install, and it’s compatible with virtually any home climate control system: gas, oil, electric, solar, geothermal, or heat pump systems, as well as zoned systems.
Nest Learning Thermostat, $249.