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Google-owned Nest finally has something it has been wanting for a long time: numbers. With two independent studies in hand (along with another study commissioned by Nest), the young home automation company can talk to you (with much more credibility) about how much its customers are saving on their heating bills by installing the Nest Thermostat. The numbers are pretty impressive: a Nest house typically saves about $131 to $145 per year. Change the temperature a few times and the Nest learns how to keep you home at the right temp (at the right time). As Nest is quick to point out in its new white... Read more...
The lowly home thermostat is fast becoming an important seller for smart home companies. Nest put a spotlight on it with the Wi-Fi connected Nest Learning Thermostat and Honeywell, a longtime thermostat maker, has been pumping out flashy touch-screen competitors. Now Quirky is getting into the mix with Norm. Quirky, famous for crowd-sourcing unusual tech products, built Norm to connect to its Wink wireless smart home system. In fact, you’ll need to buy a Wink product in order to make Norm work. Even so, the prices for Quirky’s smart home products are starting off well below those of... Read more...
Think that Nest has the whole Wi-Fi thermostat market on lockdown? Think again. Honeywell, a mainstay in the thermostat arena, has been pumping out Wi-Fi versions for a little while now, and the company's latest version is quite impressive. The new Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat is a connected unit that allows homeowners to integrate into their wall in a new way. In addition, the Honeywell thermostat offers Wi-Fi connectivity that allows consumers to regulate their energy usage and home comfort through their smartphone. Featuring a touch screen display, the Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat is equipped with mobile... Read more...
The original Nest has been improving the reputation of the home thermostat for less than a year, but a new model is already out. The second-generation Nest has a more streamlined build and better software for keeping your home at the appropriate temperature throughout the day. You can pre-order today or pick up a Nest at a retailer in mid-October for $249. The first Nest grabbed the public’s attention for its great looks (something your typical thermostat sorely lacks), but the buzz quickly turned to what the device can do: it builds a schedule for keeping your house at a comfortable temp... Read more...
Have you ever left for vacation and forgot to change the thermostat? Although it may not be worth flying home for, setting the thermostat a few degrees higher while you're away from home can save on cooling costs (especially if you'll be gone for a few days). Thanks to a new offering from TXU Energy, Texans can now use a smartphone to manage and adjust their home's temperature.  The new service is available for users of the TXU Energy iThermostat. With the thermostat and new TXU Energy iThermostat mobile website (txu.com/control), you can manage your home's heating and air conditioning. The... Read more...