Long before Nest was ever conceived and born, people worldwide have had simple, functioning thermostats. For decades these devices served well enough to control the heating and cooling of homes and buildings. Eventually, as technology grew and continued to permeate all aspects of modern lives, thermostats went digital and then smart.
When it comes to the newest, retail-available tech, products often find themselves greeted with equal parts excitement and criticism. The words “groundbreaking” and “revolutionary”, from press and early-adopters, are as ubiquitous as the use of “ubiquitous” to describe the mundane or commonplace.
And then you have those who claim such products fail to deliver, with the exception of taking everyone’s money. This is the kind of cloud that has hung over the whole smart/learning thermostat market for over a year. Are devices from Nest, Honeywell, and Ecobee really saving money as claimed? Recent research points the answer to yes.
Well, at least, specifically, for Nest.
Nest has just shared the results of a large-scale study of their Nest Thermostat, demonstrating that the average customer saves 10 to 12 percent on heating bills and 15 percent on cooling bills. Naturally, the company performed their own in-house test, sampling their customers across 41 states. But the other two – Energy Trust of Oregon and Vectren, a utility company – were independently funded, designed, and evaluated.
Proper installation and programming is key to the efficacy of the smart thermostats, so the company has posted recommended tips to get the most out of their Nest Thermostat. You can check out the results of the test studies in Nest’s energy-saving white paper, posted on their website.