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Learn about Seasonal Savings

Seasonal Savings is an energy savings program that’s available for some Nest thermostat owners who are customers of Nest energy partners. It’s like a personal energy assistant, looking for ways to help save energy, quietly working behind the scenes, and helping you stay comfortable too.

There are almost always things you can do to save energy. Small tweaks and adjustments to your thermostat’s temperature schedule can lower your energy bill. But it’s difficult to figure out how to maximize savings without sacrificing comfort. And nobody wants to constantly fiddle with their thermostat. Seasonal Savings can help you save energy automatically.

What Seasonal Savings does

Seasonal Savings can give your Nest thermostat’s temperature schedule a tune-up in the early winter by automatically tweaking some temperatures in your schedule to make them more efficient. It uses everything your Nest thermostat has learned about your home and temperature preferences to find ways to save energy without compromising comfort.

When Seasonal Savings is adjusting temperatures, the changes it makes are subtle. Over the course of the entire tune-up period, the changes typically add up to about 1°C. The biggest temperature adjustments usually happen while you’re asleep or away, so you may never even notice the changes made by Seasonal Savings.

Like any good assistant, Seasonal Savings keeps you in control. So if you don’t like a temperature that it has set for you, you can simply change it - your Nest thermostat will learn the new temperature as well as your comfort preferences.

Who can get Seasonal Savings

Seasonal Savings is available for some Nest thermostat owners who are customers of Nest energy partners. Keep in mind that Seasonal Savings won’t necessarily be available for everyone, every season.

When you'll see Seasonal Savings

Your Nest thermostat will only ask you if you'd like to use Seasonal Savings if it can find opportunities in your schedule where small adjustments can help save you energy while still keeping you comfortable. If Seasonal Savings can’t find those opportunities for you, or if your thermostat doesn’t have enough temperatures in its temperature schedule, then Seasonal Savings won’t run for that season.

What happens during Seasonal Savings

In the early winter, Seasonal Savings will look for opportunities to save energy in your schedule.

  • First, Seasonal Savings will see if there’s room for improvement in your nighttime temperatures. This is often where most people see the biggest savings. And since these adjustments will come when you’re asleep, you may never even notice they’re happening. If you don’t have a nighttime temperature in your thermostat’s schedule, Seasonal Savings may create one for you.

  • Next, Seasonal Savings may adjust your schedule if you go away regularly – for instance, to work. This is another time where Seasonal Savings can be a bit more aggressive, since nobody is at home. If you’re usually at home during the day, Seasonal Savings will make sure you stay comfortable.

  • Lastly, Seasonal Savings may adjust the temperatures when you’re home, but these adjustments will be more subtle to ensure you stay comfortable. Some temperatures on your schedule may not change at all.

What you'll see before, during, and after Seasonal Savings

Before Seasonal Savings:

  • If you qualify, you’ll get a notification on
    your Nest thermostat and on the Nest
    app that Seasonal Savings is available to
    you. Select Enable and Seasonal Savings
    will start slowly adjusting your schedule
    for the next several days.

  • If you have more than one thermostat,
    you’ll get a message for each thermostat
    that qualifies for Seasonal Savings, but
    you’ll just need to select Enable once.
Nest thermostat seasonal savings enabled

During Seasonal Savings:

  • You’ll see a gold gear seasonal savings icon on your Nest
    thermostat's screen as well as the Nest
    app whenever Seasonal Savings is
    adjusting the temperature to save you

  • If you change the temperature while
    Seasonal Savings is running, the icon will
    disappear. Seasonal Savings will learn
    from your change and update how it
    adjusts the temperature accordingly.

  • While Seasonal Savings is running, there
    will be a banner at the top of the Nest
    app in Energy History. You can check your
    Energy History with the Nest app to see
    which temperatures have been adjusted
    by Seasonal Savings. Each temperature
    that Seasonal Savings has tweaked will
    have a gold ring.
Nest thermostat seasonal savings completed

energy history

After Seasonal Savings:

  • You’ll receive a notification after Seasonal Savings is complete to tell you that you’ll save energy for the rest of the season if you keep the Nest thermostat's schedule.

  • If you have more than one thermostat that qualified for Seasonal Savings, you’ll get a separate message for each thermostat’s schedule.

What to do if you're uncomfortable

If you don't like an adjustment Seasonal Savings has made, you have a few options:

  • Change the temperature with the Nest app or Nest thermostat. Your thermostat will learn from your adjustments and change its behavior. So if Seasonal Savings sets temperatures 1.5°C lower, and you turn the temperature up, Seasonal Savings will know to make more subtle changes next time.

  • You can also edit your thermostat’s temperature schedule for a more permanent change.

  • Or you can turn off Seasonal Savings. See the section below for more details.

How to turn off Seasonal Savings

You’re always in control.

  • When you receive your Seasonal Savings invitation, if you don’t want to participate, you can choose No Thanks to opt out of the program altogether.

  • If you’ve already accepted your Seasonal Savings invitation, you can manually override temperature adjustments or stop Seasonal Savings altogether.
    • How to manually override temperature adjustments: Simply change the temperature on your thermostat or in your schedule. The Seasonal Savings icon seasonal savings icon will disappear and won’t appear again until Seasonal Savings makes another temperature adjustment. If you have Auto-Schedule enabled, then Seasonal Savings will use your adjustments to find new, more comfortable tweaks to your schedule.
  • How to stop using Seasonal Savings: If you’d like to stop Seasonal Savings altogether, you can. In the Nest app, go to your thermostat and then History Nest protect history icon. . If Seasonal Savings is running, you will see how many days remain and also a Stop button.
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