Google Nest thermostats are engineered to learn from you and your home. They will learn to keep you comfortable when you’re home and save energy while you’re away. Here are some tips to help your thermostat save energy in your home.
There are lots of ways to help improve energy savings and reduce your utility bills. Here are some steps you can take that can help reduce your energy use.
Teach your Nest thermostat
Set your Eco Temperatures thoughtfully
Home/Away Assist can use your Eco Temperatures when no one’s home to help you save energy. Choosing energy efficient Eco Temperatures will prevent your home from wasting energy while there’s no one inside. The more efficient your Eco Temperatures are, the more you’ll save, but be sure not to set your Eco Temperatures too low or too high if you have pets, plants, or delicate items in your home.
Home/Away Assist can use your phone’s location to help tell when you’ve left home and when you’ve returned. If you want your family or friends to be able to use their phone location as well, they can sign up for a Family Account. Every Family Account member can use their phone location to help improve the accuracy of Home/Away Assist.
Look for the Nest Leaf
Try an easy 1°F change in your schedule
Set your thermostat to Eco Temperatures if you’re going on vacation
If you’re going to be gone for an extended period of time, you might want to manually set your thermostat to Eco Temperatures to help save energy.
Avoid cranking the heat or AC
Most systems won’t heat your home any faster if you set your thermostat to a higher temperature, but your system will likely run longer and use more energy. If you want it to be 72°F inside and you turn the heat up to 90°F, it will warm just as fast as if you set the temperature to 72°F.
If you crank up the heat or AC often enough, your Nest thermostat will learn these temperatures and automatically add them to your schedule, which can use even more energy.
Use Time-to-Temperature as a guide
When you change the temperature, look at the Time-to-Temperature on the thermostat screen to get a sense of how long it will take for your home to reach the temperature you set. You may not know if you want it to be 72°F or 74°F, but it’s easy to see the difference between running the heat for 15 minutes versus an hour.