Issue: Thermostats control half of a residential home’s energy bill. They are often set to one temperature regardless of whether or not anyone is home. If the thermostats can be adjusted for when a house is empty, each household can reduce 20% of their total energy costs.
- Use a proven smart technology thermostat such as Nest, which learns each household’s room temperature preferences and automatically adjusts itself after a week.
- The Nest thermostat has a motion detector and will turn off the AC or heat when there is no one home.
- Nest calculates how long each home takes to heat or cool and begins heating or cooling a home before there are people home. This discourages families from setting extreme temperatures such as 55°F when they actually wanted it to be 70 °F. People mistakenly assume that a home will reach 70 °F faster if the thermostat was set at 55°F.
- An article in Green Building Advisor compiled studies on the Nest technology. In two separate states, Oregon and Indiana, the Nest technology has been proven to provide cost savings.
- Households: landlords or renters
- Nest Thermostat Support Team
Initial Steps for Deployment:
- Buy and Install Nest Thermostat, can choose to self-install or pay for a professional.
- Manually adjust Nest Thermostat for the first two weeks. Nest Thermostat will learn the household’s room temperature preferences.
- Track monthly energy usage through Nest’s energy report.