August 2012

Heating and cooling is the largest portion of your energy bill. If you want to cut costs and save energy, start with better thermostat management. You can save 3 to 5 for every degree you adjust the thermostat.

Keeping an empty house comfortable is impractical and expensive. For maximum efficiency, a programmable thermostat automatically raises and lowers the temperature according to your settings for when you are away.

Always follow the manufacturer guidelines and remember to revise your thermostat settings when the season changes.

Look for these features when shopping for a programmable thermostat:

  • Optional weekend settings
  • Remote access (Wi-Fi)
  • Touch screen
  • Energy saving setting
  • Vacation setting
  • Change filter indicator
  • Mercury free technology

Nest Learning Thermostat

The Nest Learning Thermostat learns about you and your home to automatically turn itself down when you're away, guide you to energy-efficient temperatures when you're home, and free you from programming hassles by creating a customized temperature schedule.

Nest can make a noticeable difference by helping you reduce your energy consumption. Just answer a few setup questions, make a week's worth of temperature adjustments and Nest takes it from there.


Nest learns your personal schedule and temperature preferences, and Nest continues to refine its schedule over time.


When Nest's built-in sensors detect that no one is home, Auto-Away automatically adjusts the temperature.


Your air conditioner continues to cool the air around it for 5 to 10 minutes after it's off. When humidity in your home is low and the weather's hot, Airwave automatically turns the air conditioner off a few minutes early, then uses the fan to spread that cold air through your home. This Nest exclusive can save up to 30 percent on your cooling costs. Energy History See whether your energy use has increased or decreased compared to the previous week.

The Nest Leaf Nest

The Nest Leaf tracks the temperatures you typically set and guides you to more energy- efficient ones, displaying the Leaf as a reward when you choose a more energy-efficient temperature.


Connect Nest to your home's Wi-Fi to control it from your laptop, smartphone or tablet. Change the temperature, adjust your schedule and check your energy history remotely.


Rotate the outer ring to adjust the temperature. The display turns blue when cooling and orange when heating. Push down to open the menu. Nest retails for $249. For more information, visit nest.com.

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