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?

Introducing the Nest Learning Thermostat™ from Nest Labs.

The Nest Learning Thermostat

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)


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Michael Cunningham is Content Marketing Manager at ProofHQ, and the former Managing Editor of PropertyManagementInsider.com. He worked as a social media manager for RealPage, Inc., a provider of on-demand software solutions that integrate and streamline single-family and a wide variety of multifamily rental property management business functions. He is responsible for promoting the company through various media channels, including editorial, print and online advertising, and social media. Michael received his education at Indiana University where he majored in English.

6 responses to “Would You Install an Energy Efficient Learning Thermostat in Your Apartment Units?”

  1. Easily the coolest thermostat ever! Check out a thermostat that learns your behaviors http://t.co/x41oiS1a #multifamily

  2. A thermostat that learns your behaviors designed by form iPad/iPhone developers. Plus it looks really cool. http://t.co/rJ1bQBDX

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  4. Keep costs down by using smarter thermostats? – http://t.co/kfGYTxcH

  5. It’s great to see manufacturers coming up with clever ways to make energy efficiency easier for the end-user. If only every process to conserve energy was as easy as screwing in an LED light… Although I think programmable thermostats are great, I have heard that some programmable thermostats are complicated to adjust. From the demonstration, the Nest Learning Thermostat looks like it makes comfort AND conservation really easy by using new technology to only provide heating and cooling as needed, and removing user-error and frustration from the process. As a technophile, I love the idea of being able to monitor my HVAC remotely on my smartphone! Although I don’t think my wife would like it very much when I remotely override her use of the AC in the name of energy conservation.

    • Michael Cunningham says:

      Thanks, Evan. The Nest’s remote access capabilities certainly adds a high-tech element to the eternal battle of the sexes!

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