Can smart thermostats save money? How to reduce your energy use with Nest
Tired of big heating bills? Learn to use less energy with a smart thermostat…
Heating accounts for over half of your annual energy bill – 60% says the Energy Saving Trust. So having a thermostat that helps you use less energy and save money on bills is a no-brainer.
The Nest Learning Thermostat talks to your boiler by connecting to your home Wi-Fi and a smartphone app. It does the job of your thermostat and programmer all in one, allowing you to control your home heating from your phone.
UK customers have saved between 8.4% and 16.5% on their heating bills while using the Nest thermostat, the company says. Here’s how to save with Nest…
Nest learns your routines
Thermostats can be fiddly and awkward to program so many people have them on the wrong setting, or simply don’t bother to program them at all.
This means you’re not fully in control of when your heating is coming on and off. This can lead to the heating being left on mistakenly overnight or during the day if you forget to turn down the thermostat when leaving for work. Both annoying and expensive.
With Nest there’s no fiddling around. It learns your routine, cleverly monitoring your heating preferences and adjusting the temperature accordingly. After installation, all you have to do is turn the thermostat dial up or down whenever you feel hot or cold. Nest will pick up how warm you like your home to be at what times to create its own automatic program.
Ways you can save energy with Nest
- Nest will remember any manual changes you make to its automatic program – such as turning the heating down as evenings start to get warmer.
- It turns off the heating automatically when you leave the house. It use sensors and your phone’s location to set itself to an Eco Temperature to save energy.
- When you set a temperature that helps to save energy, Nest will display a leaf icon on your thermostat. The more you see the leaf, the more you’ll save.
- If you normally have your temperature schedule set at 21ºC, try turning it down by just 1ºC. You probably won’t notice the difference.
- If your plans change and you decide to go out after work and no one else is home you can switch off your heating from your phone so you’re not heating an empty house.
- You can see the past 10 days of your heating activity in your Energy History summary. It’s a good way of building better habits so you can save even more in the future.
- Nest sends you a monthly Home Report which enables you to compare how much energy you’ve been using from month to month.
How Nest calculates energy savings
Nest aggregates data from thermostats that have been up and running in homes across Europe since 2014. Find out how Nest calculates savings
Are you ready to get smarter about energy use? Get Nest Learning Thermostat