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Nest Learning Thermostat

Furnace Friday: Nest Learning Thermostat

How does "Thermostat Thursday" sound?  Perhaps I should have Re-Blogged Niki Parekh's post "Replace Your Thermostat with Nest Learning Thermostat"  on Thursday, rather than today Friday.  I try to share a furnace post here every Friday. I usually Re-Blog a home inspector. The first Friday of the month is Furnace Filter Friday on this site, a reminder to change your filter regularly.  Hint next Friday is Furnace Filter Friday on this site.

I saw the news that Tony Fadell announced Nest Labs which will produce the Nest Learning Thermostat on Niki's blog first. Niki is the CEO of ActiveRain, the world's largest real estate network and a geek as you can see.  Turning seaweed into biofuel... is part of Niki's biography... Second place I saw news of the Nest Learning Thermostat?  Our office Facebook page??? The Real Living HER Worthington Facebook page shared the story in the NY Times.  Really? I am one of the three administrators... for the page but it was not me... 

Would you pay $250 to replace your thermostat with a Nest Learning Thermostat?

Replace Your Thermostat with Nest Learning Thermostat

Nest Learning ThermostatNest Labs just announced their new learning thermostat yesterday which seems really really intriguing.  The story may be more interesting than the actual product, but let's see.  My former company was a cleantech company called Bio Architecture Lab which is converting low cost seaweeds (macroalgae) into biofuels and renewable chemicals.  Change the world technology, but it will take a long time and a significant amount of capital to get to market.  They are making a great run at the opportunity with large partnerships in Chile, Norway, and with DuPont in the US.  So, I have a lot of interest in clean technology and global warming.  (By the way, due to the global economic meltdown, global warming and clean technology have definitely gotten sidelined as people are more focused on work and the media is most focused on Occupy Wall Street and wealth inequality).

Yesterday, the father of Apple's iPod and iPhone Tony Fadell announced his new company called Nest Labs which wants you to replace your thermostat with the Nest Learning Thermostat.  So why is one of the most sought after technologists in the world focused on a product to replace your thermostat?

In Tony Fadell's words:

  • He had an amazing run with Apple and no other job creating mobile phones could ever compare to Apple.
  • He wanted to do something meaningful and reducing global warming / climate change was a big problem to solve.
  • 50% of a home's energy consumption is controlled by the thermostat.
  • The thermostat is not a loved object.  It is built for the contractor and not the consumer or home owner.

So, over the past two years, Tony Fadell and his team have created a LEARNING THERMOSTAT with algorithms to automatically manage the climate in a home, save money and energy.  The video, articles and pictures are extremely compelling.  Links to some of the articles, videos, and pictures below.

Nest Labs - Maker of the Nest Learning Thermostat

Wired Magazine Article on Nest Learning Thermostat

Nest Labs Video Tour

NYTimes Article on Nest Labs

BUT the catch is that it costs $250 to replace your thermostat with the Nest Learning Thermostat, which is very very expensive compared to your standard Carrier or Honeywell thermostat.  That's 5-10x more expensive than the average programmable thermostat.

SO, would you pay $250 to replace your thermostat with the Nest Learning Thermostat?





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Comment balloon 4 commentsMaureen McCabe • October 28 2011 08:43AM


This is an interesting idea....the thermostat - although Thursday Thermostats would be a great hot theme although some may give it a cold reception.  Have a great weekend!

Posted by Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, ... a small office, delivering big service! (Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC) over 6 years ago

Pretty corny Gary!  Thanks.

I don't think I knew that Niki formerly was involved in Green Energy...  seaweed into biofuel?

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) over 6 years ago

Programmable thermostats categories of sleep, wake, leave, return seem reasonable.  If a smart thermostat could predictively control the temps in specific rooms of a home based on actual use patterns and stated temperature tolerances, that would be cool. A device for input of personal hotter/colder preferences wherever one was that would allow control of temps room by room could help the system learn.

Posted by Daniel H. Fisher, MCRP - Charlotte Real Estate, NC or SC ( (704) 617-3544) over 6 years ago


Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) over 6 years ago