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post #11 of 42
I could see people spending 250$ on these. Great concept.

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post #12 of 42
Is this anything like the Brave Little Toaster?
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post #13 of 42
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So simple yet makes such good sense!

Sure, simple for people with MIT graduate skills, previous design background from Apple, and 50 million dollars (or more) to use much of which I'll bet was for R&D.

It does make good sense but I don't see a necessity for a 'DIY carbon offset' in the form of a gadget-awarded 'virtual leaf'.

I'd rather plant a tree.
    
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Originally Posted by GanjaSMK View Post
Sure, simple for people with MIT graduate skills, previous design background from Apple, and 50 million dollars (or more) to use much of which I'll bet was for R&D.

It does make good sense but I don't see a necessity for a 'DIY carbon offset' in the form of a gadget-awarded 'virtual leaf'.

I'd rather plant a tree.
The concept and product is simple... a better and easier to use thermostat. They choose to "overdesign" (not a bad thing) the unit. The devil is in the details.

Incentives and games are good motivators.... this is common knowledge and there are thousands of examples studying this.

So how many trees have you planted in the last year? Rather doing something vs actually doing something is a big difference. Reality is that people do not always do what they want to do.
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post #15 of 42
In for one, not I can turn the heat down while the wife is at home if she keeps turning up the heat
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post #16 of 42
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Originally Posted by GanjaSMK View Post
Sure, simple for people with MIT graduate skills, previous design background from Apple, and 50 million dollars (or more) to use much of which I'll bet was for R&D.

It does make good sense but I don't see a necessity for a 'DIY carbon offset' in the form of a gadget-awarded 'virtual leaf'.

I'd rather plant a tree.
Wow, so much hostility bro
post #17 of 42
Neat product! I'd be interested in installing these if I had the money! Currently use in-wall heaters, so using that electricity efficiently is definitely important!
post #18 of 42
Damn. That is slick! I'm at school so I can't see the article, but I wonder what kind of zoned-heating this includes, if any? It's one of those things (thermostats), that is in your face daily, that is just frustrating, it's ugly, it's clunky, and at times doesn't even workt he way it should.

This? Well, this I like.
post #19 of 42
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Wow, so much hostility bro
No, not hostility - I just don't get the whole 'rewards' ideas pumping behind new gadgets and innovations. Carbon credits.. offsets.. etc.

@Duckie

I have planted two trees this year, and we planted four at my bud's wedding for him and his wife at the cabin (the family cabin) they had the wedding at. Two for them and two for the kids they hope to have (one already on the way).

( edit ) I think my post was misunderstood - basically was saying this was no simple feat (as per OP) and that I don't get the 'reward' thing, stating I'd rather plant a tree than get a 'virtual reward'.
    
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post #20 of 42
Wow for $250 though? You can get a good programmable thermostat for $60 or even less actually. It would take a long time for this gadget to pay for itself over another comparable :ahem: cheaper thermostat
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