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The Nest Learning Thermostat
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Self-programmable user-friendly thermostat for saving energy

Detailed Description:
The Nest Learning Thermostat programs itself in a week and turns itself down when you’re away. Nest helps you understand how your home uses energy so you can save more.

Known drawbacks of design:
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Website:
http://www.nest.com/living-with-nest/

Designed in:
2011

Status of realization:
In production

Challenge(s):
Energy, Environment, Lifestyle, Money

Region of use:
Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania, South America

Form/Impact/Context

Form
Auto-Schedule: Automatically programs itself in a week. Creates a personalized schedule based on temperature changes you’ve made and continually adapts to your changing life. Auto-Away: About two hours after leaving the house, Nest senses you’ve gone and automatically adjust the temperature to avoid heating or cooling an empty home. Airwave: Airwave automatically turns off the AC a few minutes early, but keeps the fan running. The air stays cool while your AC runs up to 30% less. Energy History: You make better decisions about your energy use if you know how and why it changes. Nest shows you exactly when your system was on and what impacts your bill the most. The Leaf: The Nest Leaf appears when you turn Nest to a temperature that’s energy efficient. It guides you in the right direction. Time to Temperature: Turning the temperature up higher doesn’t heat the house any faster, so Nest helps you save by showing you how long it’ll really take to reach the temperature you want.

Impact
We designed Nest to learn from you. That’s why today 99% of Nests have schedules that work with their owner’s lives. And when life doesn’t go according to schedule, Nest can help. Forgot to turn down the thermostat before you left the house? Auto-Away automatically saves energy while you’re out. Dreading the summer heat? Airwave™ cuts down on your cooling costs. Coming home early from a weekend away? Use your phone to turn down the temp on your way. And as Nest learns about your preferences and your home, you can learn from Nest. Energy History gives you newfound insight into your energy use, Nest’s custom tips help you save even more, and the Nest Leaf guides you to energy savings. It’s simple. You’ll spend $30,000 heating and cooling your home over the 20-year life of your system. In that time, the $249 Nest Learning Thermostat, which takes 30 minutes to install and programs itself in a week, can save you $6,000.

Context
10% of all U.S. energy is controlled by thermostats. That’s equivalent to 1.7 billion barrels of oil per year. But in most homes the thermostat is an unassuming beige box. It doesn’t matter if it’s a manual or complicated programmable thermostat, we do with it what we’ve always done: get up, walk over to it, and change the temperature. Every few hours. Every day. 1,500 times a year. We try to save energy, but we forget. The EPA says a properly programmed thermostat can cut 20% off your heating and cooling bill. But to program it right, the thermostat needs an exact schedule: lower the temperature at 8 AM, turn it up when we get home, lower it again when everyone’s in bed. The problem is, our lives don’t go according to schedule: we leave for the weekend, go out to dinner, stay up till 1 AM. Programming a thermostat right is almost impossible. According to one study, 90% of programmable thermostats are rarely or never programmed. The EPA even took away their Energy Star rating.

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Business

Is the design protected by patent or ip registration?
Patent

How has the development of the design been financed hereunto?
Company development costs

Is there a plan for future investments?
Not known

Is there in-house competencies to secure market roll out of the design, with regards to investment, distribution, sales, etc.?
Yes

Credits

Designed by:
Nest Labs, Inc.

Title/Role:
Unknown

Website:
http://www.nest.com/

Professional status of designer:
Working

Nationality:
United States of America

City/Country of residence:
Palo Alto, CA

Name of company:
Nest

Designed by:
Bould Design

Title/Role:
Designer

Website:
http://www.bould.com/jsindex.php

Professional status of designer:
Working

Nationality:
United States of America

City/Country of residence:
Mountain View, CA

Name of company:
Bould Design