by Leo Jakobson | January 05, 2016
The Nest Learning Thermostat automatically learns homeowners' schedules and temperature preferences to keep houses comfortable and energy bills lower. In fact, a trio of recent studies found that it saved customers 10 to 12 percent on their home heating bills and 15 percent on cooling bills, translating to an average savings of $131 to $145 a year. 

The third-generation Nest Learning Thermostat offers a slimmer profile and higher-resolution screen, as well as a new user interface that is easier to read. New software features include Farsight, which detects movement form farther away and displays information about the target temperature or time visible from across the room, and Furnace Heads-Up, which uses diagnostics to give advance notice about possible problems with a customer's heating system (for example, if the boiler's automatic shutoff is being tripped too frequently). 

It connects to existing home networks via Wi-Fi, and lets you control the temperature and timing or view alerts from a computer or smartphone app. The Auto-Away feature lets you set and view the temperature settings when out of town, preventing unnecessary heating and cooling costs, while offering peace of mind from potential disasters like a cold spell causing water pipes to freeze and burst. It also allows users to track and review energy use over time. 

The Nest Learning Thermostat retails for $249 and is available in the incentive channel from Rymax Marketing Services.