The Nest thermostat is a perfect example of what happens when you give a well-funded geek the chance to improve on a common appliance. Capable of learning your habits and automatically adjusting indoor temperatures to match your schedule, the Nest represents some of the best energy-monitoring technology on the market today. And since it’s designed by long-time Apple employee, Tony Fadell, we expect nothing less.
The fact that Nest is Fadell’s brainchild makes it easy to see why Apple would feel fondly toward the product. Recently, the tech giant began selling the Nest in Apple’s retail stores and the website, pricing for around $250. Since the thermostat is both visually appealing and technologically intuitive, it seems a natural fit among the other modern gadgets and accessories already found there.
The past few months have seen big growth and big improvements for the already-impressive Nest Thermostat. In April, the company rolled out a 2.0 software upgrade that provided users with an expanded energy history view that’s available as a Web application and via both Android and iPhone smartphones, as well as access to Airwave, a new and exclusive energy-saving feature that makes home air conditioners more efficient. Then, in early May, the company announced that the Nest thermostat would be available for purchase and hands on demonstrations at over 500 Lowe’s Home Improvement stores across the nation.
Now, if you’d rather not leave the safety of your, uh, nest to purchase the thermostat, you can do so right at your computer via the Apple store, which will sell the gadget to you virtually. No matter where you purchase it, you’ll enjoy up to a 50 percent reduction in your heating and cooling bills. And soon Canadians will have the same pleasure.