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AVAD Now Distributing Nest Learning Thermostat

The Nest Learning Thermostat remembers what temperatures homeowners like and creates a custom schedule for their home.

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Steve Crowe · April 23, 2013

AVAD is now offering its dealers the Nest Learning Thermostat, the smart thermostat that remembers what temperatures homeowners like and creates a custom schedule for their home.

Compatible with 95 percent of low-voltage heating and cooling systems, the Nest Learning Thermostat controls about half of the average home’s power. The Nest Learning Thermostat enables energy saving features that are specific to each customer by using sensors and software algorithms to monitor usage patterns and measure each home’s thermal profile.

“AVAD values the Nest mission of getting serious about saving people money by continually working to perfect home energy efficiency,” says Hugh Hughes, director of merchandising at AVAD. “We are expanding our home control and HVAC portfolio in an effort to expand the AVAD vision of Custom Install 2.0 that helps integrators stay ahead of the competition by bringing exciting, trending products to all of our customers.”

The Nest Learning Thermostat connects to Wi-Fi and can be controlled from anywhere using a smartphone or tablet. The Nest app is available for iOS and Android devices for free. Nest’s unique features can help save energy and keep customers comfortable. The device includes a host of proprietary features that are capable of managing heating and cooling units including gas, electric, oil, solar, hot water, geothermal, forced air, heat pump and radiant systems:

Photos: Nest iPad App

Auto-Schedule: No more programming hassles. Nest learns the temperatures you like and programs itself.
Auto-Away: Nest automatically turns itself to an energy-saving temp when you’re not home.
Airwave: Automatically turns off the AC a few minutes early, but keeps the fan running. The air stays cool but your AC runs up to 30% less.
Energy History: See when heating and cooling were on and what affected your energy use.
Nest Leaf: Appears when you turn Nest to a temperature that’s energy efficient, guiding you to energy savings.
System Match: Make sure you’re getting the most out of your high-efficiency system. System Match turns on specific features for forced air, heat pump or radiant to help you save and keep you comfortable.
Remote Control: Connect Nest to Wi-Fi to change the temp or adjust your schedule from a smartphone, tablet or laptop.

Nest Partners with Energy Companies

Nest Labs has partnered with several energy companies that will offer rebate programs to Nest users. Right now, these options are only available to subscribers of NRG Energy and its subsidiaries, which includes Reliant and Green Mountain Energy, National Grid, Austin Energy and Southern California Edison.

If you or a client has one of these services and a Nest, you can start reaping the benefits of two new programs: Rush Hour Rewards and Seasonal Savings.

Rush Hour Rewards basically pits you against neighbors, so you’ll earn money or credits if you’re using less energy when everyone else is using more. Seasonal Savings, on the other hand, will use the Nest’s Auto-Tune technology to fine-tune the thermostat based on a user’s schedule and preferences, as well as the outside temperature.

According to some of Nest’s initial data, Seasonal Savings can save customers anywhere between 5 and 10 percent on energy for heating and cooling, with Rush Hour Rewards participants snagging $20 to $60 per season. Of course, results will vary, based on the provider and other factors, such as weather conditions.

“Acording to data from the Consortium for Energy Efficiency and Pike Research, in 2011, energy companies allocated approximately $9 billion to energy efficiency and peak-reduction programs,” says Tony Fadell, Nest founder and CEO. “Nest’s new offerings have the potential to make these programs not only more effective, but effortless for consumers. We’re working with some of the country’s most progressive energy providers - like NRG companies Reliant and Green Mountain Energy - and applying our design and marketing expertise, focus on the customer, and understanding of technology to make energy efficiency simple and accessible.”

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