In 2009 ENERGY STAR stopped labeling thermostats because they found them to be too complicated and consequently saved little energy.
A recently approved site plan project, 650 North Glebe, is trying something new. The project will install a “learning” thermostat (called The Nest ) in all residential units. These have real promise to reduce the utility costs for residents without sacrificing comfort.
This learning thermostat is designed by the makers of the iPod and it actually learns your schedule and desired temperature just by using it. As residents adjust the temperature throughout the day, the learning thermostat learns the pattern and is soon changing temperatures at the correct time without prompt. It also has motion sensors built into it and senses when the house is empty so you aren’t heating or cooling an empty home.
For all of you smart phone users out there with Wi-Fi at home, get excited. The temperature can be adjusted through your iPhone, iPad, or Android phone. This enables forgetful users to change the temperature when away from home, while others can crank the system on their way home.
With a simple twist it is easy to use and effective. Watch the video to learn more about this technology and to see if it’s right for your home.
By: Adam Segel-Moss