Energy Lessons from the Nest - VideoFriday 27th July 2012
Your thermostat is the beige uninteresting box, usually on your wall, and if you wish to save energy you have to remember to walk to it and dial it down or up.
The once easily forgotten thermostat is taking center stage with a new star, and this little treasure demands you look at it, but don’t touch! Let me present the Nest Learning Thermostat
This sleek device is called a Learning Thermostat not only because it can help you learn to save energy, but more importantly it learns all about a house’s heating and cooling patterns, the presence and habits of the people who live in it and cutting between 20% and 30% in energy use.
Being a very sleek design it is naturally sold by Apple, and a few other stores, but currently only in the US. You can control and monitor it wirelessly via an app on a smartphone or computer - but of course you don’t have to do that as within a week it has learnt all about you and your life - maybe they should’ve called it HAL*!
To help you understand how stunning the Nest is consider just a few of its features:
- About two hours after you’ve left the house, Nest will sense you’ve gone and automatically adjust the temperature to avoid heating or cooling an empty home.
- The Airwave feature automatically turns off the AC a few minutes early, but keeps the fan running. The air stays cool while your AC runs up to 30% less.
- Turning the temperature up higher doesn’t heat the house any faster, so Nest helps you save by showing you how long it’ll really take to reach the temperature you want.
- It is aware of the weather, the humidity, and its activity sensors have a 150° wide-angle view so Nest knows when to set itself to Auto-Away.
Watch the video:
* Heuristically programmed ALgorithmic computer - see 2001: A Space Odyssey
Friday 27th July 2012