Would You Install an Energy Efficient Learning Thermostat in Your Apartment Units?
In the article Six Ways Property Managers Can Make Apartment Units More Energy Efficient, we pointed out that about half of a home’s total energy bill goes towards heating and cooling costs. Installing a programmable thermostat can help homeowners and apartment residents save money but only if they maintain proper settings.
Smart and Energy Efficient
But what if a thermostat could learn from a resident’s behaviors, preferences, and surroundings to automatically create a custom heating and cooling schedule for residents while saving energy in the process?
Nest addresses the programming problem through a combination of sensors, algorithms, machine learning, and cloud computing. Nest learns behaviors and preferences and adjusts the temperature up or down accordingly, making residents comfortable when they’re home and saving energy while they’re away. Nest also provides people with tips and information to help them make energy-saving choices.
And by connecting Nest to the Wi-Fi network in the home or apartment, residents can change the temperature, adjust their schedule, and check energy usage from a laptop, smartphone, or tablet.
Plus, it just looks cool.
What do you think? Could this be the wave of the future for energy efficient apartment units? Would you consider installing Nest as part of a green initiative? Would you order one for your home?
(Hat tip: Laughing Squid)