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post #21 of 42
Regarding the cost, I quote the source article:

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Fadell promises the Nest will pay for itself within a year or two of use, and ultimately save you up to 30 percent of your utility bill. And its presence on your wall will be less an artifact of the industrial age than a piece of high-tech art.
Seems so awesome.
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post #22 of 42
Even though these seem good to me...for some reason I foresee these being on a Woot Off. I might buy one if they get closer to the $100 mark

The remote control function isn't really that important since most people have a schedule they can program a thermostat to match. No "AI" needed either.
Edited by Vagrant Storm - 10/25/11 at 3:08pm
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im scared...

it looks like hal 9000
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post #24 of 42
If it saves as much money and energy as they predict, well worth the $300.

And it would be fun messing with the wife.
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post #25 of 42
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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'.
I agree - the virtual reward thing is silly. And green is crammed so far down my throat already that seeing a leaf would probably make me want to either vomit, or consume MORE electricity just to spite the greenies.

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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
The point was, most people don't take the time to bother how to properly learn to program a programmable thermostat. The article mentioned that, on average, programmable thermostats make the user use MORE electricity, because they aren't being used properly (on average). Obviously, programmable thermostats aren't working as intended.

For me, I would definitely enjoy spreading these around the house. I don't have money to do so right now, but I can see the convenience in an "install and forget" thermostat that automatically creates a schedule. I wouldn't have to worry about programming it myself, or adjusting the program when my or my wife's schedule changes, etc. It would be handy and convenient.

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The remote control function isn't really that important since most people have a schedule they can program a thermostat to match. No "AI" needed either.
Then again, if you go away on vacation for a week, and halfway there, you realize you forgot to turn off your program for said week, you could save yourself $50, $100 just by being able to wirelessly turn it off.
post #26 of 42
I dig! Apparently he was part of the iPod creation too.
post #27 of 42
I prefer a dumb programmable thermostat.

I have a space heater that i use to heat my bathroom & bedroom only, so i can take a shower in the winter w/o freezing my ass off.

Then i have the thermostat heat the house during the warmest part of the day when I'm not home, so the heat exchanger works at maximum efficiency & the house is warm when i get home.

If this new thermostat had it's way it waste way more power by heating the house when it's colder outside; basing it on the time i arrive home.

& in the article they try to say programmable heaters are as hard to program as a VCR, VCRs were not hard to program. My grandmother used to do it all the time and she was in her 80s.
    
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post #28 of 42
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I prefer a dumb programmable thermostat.

I have a space heater that i use to heat my bathroom & bedroom only, so i can take a shower in the winter w/o freezing my ass off.

Then i have the thermostat heat the house during the warmest part of the day when I'm not home, so the heat exchanger works at maximum efficiency & the house is warm when i get home.

If this new thermostat had it's way it waste way more power by heating the house when it's colder outside; basing it on the time i arrive home.

& in the article they try to say programmable heaters are as hard to program as a VCR, VCRs were not hard to program. My grandmother used to do it all the time and she was in her 80s.
To each his own.

BTW, they were talking about VCR's from the 70's, not from the modern day. I bet things were a lot different back then...
post #29 of 42
Putting friggin computers in everything.
I miss kinda miss the old days when everything was isolated.
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"Im sorry, I can't let you turn down the heat...."

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