Nest Learning Thermostat

03 Nov Is Nest the next big thing or is it all hype?

Nest Thermostat

If you like to think of yourself as someone who keeps up with technology, “The internet of things” is one of those phrases you have probably heard over the past year. For the non-geeky among us, this basically refers to everyday physical things connected to the Internet.   We’re told that Internet connected appliances will take technology to a new level as our homes become smarter. Technology giants like Apple, Samsung and Google are already fighting for a stake in this market. Google obviously take it seriously, as in January 2014 they purchased Nest labs Inc. for $3.2 Billion.

What is Nest? And what’s all the hype about?

Tony Fadell, formerly of Apple, founded Nest. He’s the man who led the team who brought us the first iPod and the first three generations of iPhone. Those are some pretty strong credentials. But it doesn’t stop there. He’s now the man who has somehow managed to make thermostats beautiful and interesting, as Nest’s headline product is their smart learning thermostat.

Is it just about Thermostats?

At first you might think, why do I need an Internet connected thermostat? My old fashioned thermostat controls my heating just fine, so why should I care? It is a valid question. But firstly, as energy prices rise, we are all looking for ways to save energy and by extension, save our wallets. After all, who wants to be spending their disposable income on Gas & Electricity? The thing that separates the Nest thermostat from other similar devices is its learning capability. Each time you adjust it, the Nest Learning Thermostat learns your schedule, programs itself and can be controlled from your phone. Teach it well and the Nest Thermostat can lower your heating and cooling bills by up to 20%. The average UK household spends £1342 per year on energy with 60% of that on heating alone. So this saving could translate to £160 per year on the average heating bill alone. Of course if you live in a large property, the cost saving benefits will be far greater.

So what can we expect in the future?

At the moment the Nest app enables you to control your heating manually from your phone. But over time, things will become far more interesting. For instance, through the “works with nest” program, some Mercedes models will tell Nest you’re on your way, so you’re comfortable when you arrive home. No more freezing house when you get back from holiday and no more heating your home when you’ve decided to head straight out to dinner from work. Maybe you could afford to splash out on that extra cocktail after all. Of course we all want immediate cost saving benefits, but using less energy means we will be able to sleep better at night knowing that we’re reducing the environmental impact we’re having on our surroundings.

Is it just hype?

It seems as though it’s more than that. The world is changing fast. By 2015 we might not be riding hover boards, but our homes will certainly be smarter. At TAGE, we try our best to be a forward thinking company, so we’re already offering Nest thermostat installations to our customers. We view this as an up and coming area and we can’t wait to find out what it has in store for all of us.