Nest CEO and co-founder Tony Fadell (r), with Google CEO Larry Page and Matt Rogers, Nest co-founder and VP of engineering

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Nest CEO and co-founder Tony Fadell (r), with Google CEO Larry Page and Matt Rogers, Nest co-founder and VP of engineering

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Last spring, Nest Labs rolled out “Rush Hour Rewards,” offering owners of its smart thermostat rebates of $20 to $60 for cutting back their air conditioning use. And it turns out it worked.

On Thursday, the Palo Alto, Calif., company, which Google acquired earlier this year, will announce that during the summer of 2013 the program cut energy use by 55 percent on average during peak times. A related initiative that allows the thermostat to make adjustments on its own, known as Seasonal Savings, reduced overall air conditioning running time by nearly five percent.

“In just one year, Nest energy services have achieved significant savings — and we’ve managed to do this without compromising customer comfort,” said Tony Fadell, the company’s founder and chief executive, in a statement.

Nest didn’t disclose the total amount of energy the initiatives saved.

Separately, the company unveiled new energy companies partnering with Nest on the programs, including Npower, Columbia Gas, ComEd, CPS Energy and Direct Energy.



1 comments
A.J. Weinzettel
A.J. Weinzettel

I am a fan of Nest and I LOVE my Nest on some many levels.  It is very nice PR to say Nest will give money back to the consumer, but once you start reading what is happening behind the curtains, I start to wonder.


Earlier this year I came across this article: http://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelkanellos/2014/01/14/why-nest-could-be-a-nightmare-for-google/


From reading this I get rather scared.  Google Nest could at any point reduce the number of hours my furnace or ac uses. I don't like this one point. I paid for Nest and I do not want anyone except my family modifying the temperature in my house.


I used to love Google.  I still kinda love Nest. I no longer love Google. I may fall out of love with Nest. How sad!!

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