How to improve energy savings with your Nest thermostat

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

The first week after being installed your thermostat will build a schedule by learning each time you walk in front of it or adjust the temperature. Your thermostat will never stop learning, so teach it good habits to help save energy. Turn it down before you go to bed, or any time you would turn down a regular thermostat to save energy. Your Nest thermostat will remember these changes and adjust your schedule. You can see the results of teaching your Nest thermostat good habits in your Home Report.

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.

How to change Eco Temperature settings >

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

The Nest Leaf is an easy way to know you’re saving energy, and it encourages you to continually improve your savings over time. You’ll see the Leaf on your thermostat when you set a temperature that helps save energy. The more often you see a Leaf, the more you save.

Try an easy 1°F change in your schedule

Most people can’t tell the difference between a room set one day at 70°F and the next day at 69°F. In fact, the difference in temperature between your nose and your toes is likely to be more than 1°F. Adjust your temperature schedule by just 1°F, and see how much you’ve saved compared to the previous month in your Home Report.

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.

How to save energy with your Nest thermostat when you’re going away on vacation >

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.

Check your Energy History

You can view the last 10 days of your heating and cooling activity in your Energy History. It’s a great tool to build better habits to save even more in the future. If you want to see your energy activity over a longer period of time you can look at your Home Report.

Use two or more thermostats the right way

If you have more than one thermostat in your home, teach them differently so that they build schedules for each part of your home that they control. You can save even more energy by closing the interior doors between the different areas of your home. This will help to keep the warm or cool air where you want it and prevent your system from turning on when it doesn’t need to.
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