Nest: A Smart, Sexy Thermostat

It's getting cold outside and we've been discovering some interesting cold weather tech accessories, like these touch screen friendly gloves by MUJI. Another new product has also caught our eye - Nest, a very pretty thermostat. Here's what Nest is about and our critique on whether its control of energy consumption compensates for its price tag.

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Nest is coined as the world's first learning thermostat, equipped with "smart" features and an attractive design. Other digital thermostats like Honeywell Vision Pro and Filtrete by 3M haven't experienced a wide adoption rate, generally due to the lack of ease of use.

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Here's why Nest has piqued our interest.

Usability and Design
Nest does not require users to mess with a bunch of different settings and punching multiple buttons. You can set the temperature by turning the outer ring. After you have the right temperature, push the ring, it clicks and you're done.

There's very little programming when it comes to Nest because of its learning features. You only have to set up the thermostat during your first couple times of use, after that it will learn your daily settings and automatically adhere to them.

Nest also has motion-tracking sensors that detect if people are in a room. If you're always out on a Friday night, Nest will learn that and automatically switch to an "auto away" setting every Friday.

Energy Conservation
According to the New York Times, about half of residential energy consumed is for heating and cooling.

"Each degree cooler a house is kept in a heating season (winter), or warmer in a cooling season (summer), translates to a 5 percent energy saving. So shifting consumption patterns, say, four degrees on average can mean energy savings of 20 percent, experts say.

Since the average home spends $1,000 to $1,500 a year on heating and cooling, that would translate to $200 to $300 in lower energy bills. It would also mean fewer power plants built and lower carbon emissions." - New York Times

Most people get up and adjust the thermostat multiple times a day. Nest solves that problem by adjusting and learning our habits so we don't forget and leave the thermostat running for hours on end anymore. Nest costs double the price of most thermostats, $249, but according to Tony Fadell, Nest will pay for itself in a year in energy-savings.

What do you think of Nest, is it worth investing in?