A smart thermostat can do a lot more than just help keep your home nice and warm (or cool if you live in Florida!) this Christmas — it also makes the perfect gift to help keep energy costs low all year long. Google estimates that the Nest Thermostat will save enough money to pay on utility bills to pay for itself within just two years. Right now, it's on sale for $89, which is one of the lowest prices we've ever seen (seriously). Most of the time, it's $130).
The Google Nest Thermostat syncs with your smartphone via the Nest app. Now you can control the temperature of your home if you're en route from the store or just touched down at the airport. It’s even great if you’re chilling on the couch and just don’t feel like getting up to adjust the thermostat.
"...I love being in bed and turning it on from my phone, if necessary," shared a delighted five-star reviewer. "Or the heat will kick on when I pull into my driveway. It was very easy to set the program and adjust as I see fit. I think Google does an amazing job of simplifying instruction with quick-to-the-point walk-throughs."
Here's the payoff: All that precise, targeting temp-adjusting can lower your heating and cooling bill. Translation: It pays for itself in the long run (or maybe the not-so-long run). According to Nest, the Google Nest Thermostat can save you up to an average of 12% on heating bills and up to 15% on cooling per year.
"...You can set a schedule on the app for what temp you want throughout the day and while you sleep," explained a satisfied Amazon shopper. "It geo-fences your location and will turn the temp up when you leave the house if you want it to. It really is a must-have for busy people like my wife and I...The thermostat definitely has made a noticeable change on our electric bill and it is not difficult to use or set up. If you're on the fence, go for it, I did and I am so happy..."
"Absolutely love this and it looks amazing on the wall of my mid-century house," added another happy five-star reviewer. "It works flawlessly and I've had zero problems setting it up and using it. Wished I'd gotten one of these Nest devices years ago — it's a true game-changer in my house. Very convenient to use versus the old one I had to get up and change all the time!"
What other thermostat gets this type of rave review? Um, none that we know of.
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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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