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Nest Learning Thermostat (1st Generation) EXPIRED

calistyle 48,498 March 25, 2013 at 12:01 AM in Home & Home Improvement (7) More Amazon Deals
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Promoted 03-25-2013 at 08:15 AM View Original Post
Amazon.com has Nest Learning Thermostat 1st Generation (T100577) for $179 with free shipping. Thanks calistyle

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Edited March 25, 2013 at 02:26 AM by calistyle
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Quote from yoopitup View Post :
I honestly don't understand the fascination with these things. "It learns your schedule"? Don't you already know your own schedule? I program my schedule into a $40 programmable thermostat and it works perfectly. What does this thing actually improve on?
Then you don't understand the product. In case you aren't just a poverty troll: http://nest.com/saving-energy/

Remote access. AUTO Away.
Those 2 features alone make the 'stat pay for itself in real $$ as well as convenience.

I have 13 months with it and it's one of the most satisfying "home improvement" upgrades.

The fact that while in bed I don't have to get up to go change temp is worth everything in the world.
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The point of the thermostat is to control your AC/HEAT automatically to keep the temperature constant inside. So when it's nice inside, the thermostat will turn the heat off and when it's chilly inside, it will turn the heat on.
In this case, you're playing the role of the thermostat. Maybe that's what you call geek factor these days. bounce

You are so far from wrong that I really don't even want to try to educate you but I will.
What about when you are not home? Programmable thermostat right? Ok fine, do you have a 100% strict schedule on when you are away/home? Ok sure. What if you get caught in traffic? What if you decide that you are going out for dinner tonight?
In those cases, a programable stat is going to still kick on. With the Nest - in the case you go out to dinner, it's going to go into AUTO AWAY and ensure the house stays in a preset range, the min. you come back home, that schedule is resumed.

Savings? Imagine you go out for dinner, say 10 times a month. That's HOURS of heating/cooling saved. It adds up.


Stay warm poverty ghost.
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Then you don't understand the product. In case you aren't just a poverty troll: http://nest.com/saving-energy/

Remote access. AUTO Away.
Those 2 features alone make the 'stat pay for itself in real $$ as well as convenience.

I have 13 months with it and it's one of the most satisfying "home improvement" upgrades.

The fact that while in bed I don't have to get up to go change temp is worth everything in the world.
+1

Everyone is a critic with this thing. What I find interesting is the ones who criticize it are the ones who cant afford it or the ones who already have low energy bills (either because of ridiculous settings or an eco-friendly home).

Personally the nest has been great for the last 5 months. My energy bill this winter was about $100 last winter it was $180.
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I have the first gen and I love it. It's my understanding that the only difference is that the 2nd is slimmer/sleeker but they run the same software.
Agreed. I also have the first gen and it's awesome!
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+1

Everyone is a critic with this thing. What I find interesting is the ones who criticize it are the ones who cant afford it or the ones who already have low energy bills (either because of ridiculous settings or an eco-friendly home).

Personally the nest has been great for the last 5 months. My energy bill this winter was about $100 last winter it was $180.
There are hundered of electric companies giving GENEROUS rebates for this thing. If your's isn't, this is a good deal. Don't knock it till you fully understand it/try it.

I want to add that customer servivce is A+++.
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+1

What I find interesting is the ones who criticize it are the ones who cant afford it or the ones who already have low energy bills (either because of ridiculous settings or an eco-friendly home).
There are some other benefits aside from energy conservation that can help justify the cost.

I'm out of town 1 weekend a month with my wife. We love the fact that I dont have to remember to "set the thermostat" on that weekend. The once-in-a-while times where that was forgotten, the A/C ran the entire weekend and that was 20$ gone to waste. NO MORE! When I'm about an hour away from home, I turn it on from my iphone to whatever I want it to be when I get home.

The NEST also learns how long it takes to warm / cool your house. Real example

When I'm having 6-8+ guests over, the living room gets pretty warm that when it's just me and my wife.

If it's 76, I know that I'll need to adjus to 73 to keep comfortable. When I adjust to 73, it lets me know that it will be about 1 hour before the house is 73. Helps me with dinner party prep.
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1st Gen = 5 Year Warranty
2nd Gen = 2 Year?
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I have three of the 1st generation Nest. They are worth every penny. I am able to control each zone of my house 24 hours a day regardless of my location. My wife stays home with the kids and is known to bump the thermostat up/down right before leaving the house because she is hot/cold. I login and turn them down as soon as she leaves, which saves hours of energy usage every week. My usage gets better every month. Also, Georgia Power gives Georgia residents a 50% rebate up to $100.

http://www.georgiapower.com/earth...tat.cshtml
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1st Gen = 5 Year Warranty
2nd Gen = 2 Year?
correct.
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Thanks for the information - I was about to bite but I do have a whole house humidifier, I'll be on the look out for a good deal on Gen 2!
To have you fully informed, be aware of a couple of things yet.

1) The first gen has a 5 year warranty, the second gen as a 2 year warranty. Interesting, I think.
2) For the whole house humidifier thing, I too, was planning on getting the 2nd gen until I started reading reviews about the feature. Currently, the software isn't real smart for this use case and isn't capable of regulating humidity based on outside humidity levels. You can only select the "number of droplets" which really doesn't tell you much. Read some reviews for yourself on Amazon by searching for humidifier in the reviews. Just note that there aren't a lot of people who seem to use this feature.

With all that being said, I decided to go with Generation 1 for the price/warranty and the fact that I will just use my Aprilaire whole house humidifier which has its own humidity regulator with actual humidity level % settings.
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Can someone please confirm for me that if you have 2 thermostats you need two Nests? Or is there a way to link up activities between thermostats somehow?

I've been thinking about the Nest since it was originally announced, but on the fence because a) I don't pay for heating/cooling at my apartment and b) I have two thermostats - one for one bedroom + living and one for one bedroom + dining.

Despite the first point making my ROI almost non-existent, I'd still be willing to do it for the green factor... but I don't know if I'm willing to pay nearly $400 if I'm going to need to replace both thermostats.
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Can someone please confirm for me that if you have 2 thermostats you need two Nests? Or is there a way to link up activities between thermostats somehow?

I've been thinking about the Nest since it was originally announced, but on the fence because a) I don't pay for heating/cooling at my apartment and b) I have two thermostats - one for one bedroom + living and one for one bedroom + dining.

Despite the first point making my ROI almost non-existent, I'd still be willing to do it for the green factor... but I don't know if I'm willing to pay nearly $400 if I'm going to need to replace both thermostats.
You don't NEED two unless you want them to work together. 1 Nest will work fine if that's what you want. It will in no way be able to control the other one.


I would try to ask your landlord to do the upgrade!
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There are hundered of electric companies giving GENEROUS rebates for this thing. If your's isn't, this is a good deal. Don't knock it till you fully understand it/try it.

I want to add that customer servivce is A+++.
Our local electric company was giving away 100 1st gen units for free. I signed up immediately for it and it was installed for free a few weeks later. Couldn't be happier with it. Just this weekend, I took off the trim plate that was installed and it's just the unit on the wall now. Looks much cleaner without the white rectangular trim plate.
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got mine for free for doing a pt on it 1st generation, love it. hubby thinks it is funny to use iphone to control it from work, etc.
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Our local electric company was giving away 100 1st gen units for free. I signed up immediately for it and it was installed for free a few weeks later. Couldn't be happier with it. Just this weekend, I took off the trim plate that was installed and it's just the unit on the wall now. Looks much cleaner without the white rectangular trim plate.
I had to patch the wall and repaint to get the nest by itself but there was no way I was going to use the trim plates. I love the "port hole" look!
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