The energy dilemma
So i’m not sure you are aware that 10% of all U.S. energy is controlled by thermostats (and over 50% of your household energy bill). That’s the equivalent of 1.7 billion barrels of oil per year. But in most homes the thermostat is an unassuming beige box. It doesn’t matter if it’s a manual or complicated programmable thermostat, we do with it what we’ve always done: get up, walk over to it, and change the temperature. Every few hours. Every day. 1,500 times a year.
We still try to save energy, of course. We turn down the thermostat when we can, we don’t set it too high or low. But we’re human. We forget. Until we see our energy bills.
So how much energy are we wasting?
A lot, it turns out. The EPA says a properly programmed thermostat can cut 20% off your heating and cooling bill. But to program it right, we have to give the thermostat an exact schedule: lower the temperature at 8 AM, turn it up when we get home, lower it again when everyone’s in bed.
The problem is, our lives don’t go according to schedule: we leave for the weekend, go out to dinner, stay up till 1 AM. Programming a thermostat right is almost impossible.
According to one study, 90% of programmable thermostats are rarely or never programmed. The EPA even took away their Energy Star rating. So we started looking for an alternative.
What if your thermostat could learn from you?
What if it could build a schedule around what you like? Or figure out when you’re gone? Or show you how long it’ll take to warm up the house? What if your thermostat told you how much energy it used? And helped you to save even more? What if you could control it from your laptop and phone?
That would change everything. What if someone did?
Well Tony Fadell has. Tony also has a pretty accomplished background. He led the team that created the first 18 generations of the iPod and the first three generations of the iPhone. Before Apple, Tony built the Mobile Computing Group at Philips Electronics. Tony has authored more than 75 patents. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelors in Computer Engineering and now, he has created NEST.
No more programming, no more constantly changing the temperature. The NestTM Learning ThermostatTM programs itself in a week to keep you comfortable and save energy.
To learn more or pre-order The Nest, visit here