Looking for ways to make your life more eco-friendly? You are not alone. Residents across Los Angeles are seeking to preserve and protect our natural resources, including the mayor of LA! And while you might already be making efforts to reuse, reduce, and recycle, there are many more ways to go green. For homeowners looking for non-disruptive solutions, the Google Nest thermostat is the answer.
Most people know the Google Nest for its sleek look and fancy touch screen. But there is a rhyme and reason for all the technology. Your heating and cooling system can make up over half of all the energy used in your home. So for homeowners interested in making a real dent in reducing their carbon footprint, turning your house into a connected home is a good place to start.
What kind of energy savings should I expect with a Google Nest?
In 2015, Nest conducted a study on this very topic. The study is straightforward, comparing the utility bills before and after the smart thermostat was installed in hundreds of homes.
The white paper summarizing the results concluded that on average, homeowners saved 10-12% in heating usage and 15% in cooling usage.
Of course, every home is different. In some cases, the savings can be much more, particularly when a Google Nest installation is paired with a new highly efficient HVAC system or a duct sealing service.
How do energy savings with a Google Nest work?
It can sound too good to be true. How can replacing the thermostat really alter the amount of energy you are consuming? It has to do with a long-standing, ingrained behavior in homeowners across the ages… it’s the “set it and forget it” mentality.
Most homeowners rarely, if ever, adjust their thermostats. You probably have one temperature that you set the thermostat to. And the only time you even look at your thermostat is to change it from cooling to heating, and vice versa.
So although you may not be experiencing any problems with your comfort, there is a problem with how you’re using energy. Your air conditioner and furnace are working hard to maintain that same setpoint all the time: the morning, in the afternoon, while you’re sleeping, and even while you’re not home at all.
The Google Nest thermostat uses information about your behavior to make small adjustments to the thermostat. It can detect when you’re normally away from your home and automatically change the temperature setpoint so you are not unnecessarily cooling or heating your home.
How to get the most out of your Google Nest Thermostat
To truly go green and get every bit of energy savings from your Nest, you need to make sure it is set up correctly on day one.
Canoga Park Heating & Air Conditioning is a certified Nest Pro Elite installer. That means our technicians are trained by the Google Nest team to install and set up these thermostats correctly the first time. And because we are one of the few Nest Pro Elite Installers serving Canoga Park, Tarzana, Northridge, and surrounding areas, we have extensive experience with the full suite of Google Nest products.
You can call us anytime to schedule a connected home consultation. We can explain all the products available, like the Nest Thermostat, the Google Home, and the Nest Protect. Our friendly team is standing by, ready to help you save energy at (818) 348-4768.