Nest

Can the Nest Thermostat save you money on your energy bills? We’ve already had smart phones, smart TV’s and smart watches, well now an American company called Nest have made a smart thermostat which is a heating programmer and thermostat in one. It can program itself, automatically turn down the heat when you’re away and can be controlled from anywhere; if correctly programmed it is estimated that this device can save you up to £150 a year on your energy bills*. In this review we assess the Nest Thermostat. * To get the most out of the Nest Thermostat you will require either a computer, tablet or smart phone operating on an Apple or Android system with access to the internet.

What it can do

As opposed to regular thermostats which let you adjust the temperature in your home, a smart thermostat like Nest lets you set the temperature and have the thermostat change it based on the time of day.

Furthermore the Nest Thermostat can also learn from your behaviours, allow you to control the temperature in your home remotely, shows you your energy consumption in real-time and can even adjust itself based on ambient conditions such as humidity.

Benefits of buying a Nest Thermostat

As we’ve discussed above the Nest Thermostat can do some pretty remarkable things and some of the benefits of purchasing one include:
- Easy to programme
- Learns your preferences
- Lets you know when you are saving energy
- Easy to use and install (Can be installed in less than 30 minutes in most cases)
- You will receive a monthly energy report with tips on how to save more

Will it save me money?

This will depend on a couple of factors. You’ll need to consider how long it will take for you to see a return on your initial investment (see the price section below), how economical you are with your energy, whether you plan to install it yourself and how long you plan to stay at your current address.

If your previous thermostat needed to be turned on at 8 am to reach a certain temperature at 9 pm, Nest will turn on at the right time, even at 8:50 am to make sure that the required temperature is reached on time. 

How much is it and where can I get one

Given its specifications and features the Nest Thermostat is, as you’d have guessed by now, more expensive than a standard one. A quick internet search will show that prices start at £179 and they are available from hardware, electronic and certain department stores. There is also a way to get one for free by switching energy providers and joining Npower.

Reviews

If you’re still not sure as to whether you should get a Nest Thermostat; reading expert and customer reviews will offer you even greater insight, and let you know its pros and cons once installed and up and running.

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