Nest has announced their new ‘Power Project’ to correspond with Earth Day this year. Their Power Project will focus on energy efficiency and bringing energy efficient devices to families that might not be able to afford them without help.
According to the Nest website, the Power Project hopes to address energy usage. Energy inefficient homes can cost far more to maintain and contribute to environmental issues. And many people are struggling specifically with these high costs at home. Nest notes at the top of their Power Project page that 1 in 5 families are spending at least 20% of their income just on energy costs. This is a significant chunk of a family’s money. For families that are already struggling financially, it can just make things worse. And it also makes it difficult to spend the money on energy efficient devices.
A major part of Nest’s new Project is their announcement that they’ll be working with other organizations (including energy companies and non-profits) to place their thermostats in homes. They pledge to place one million thermostats in the homes of people who need them the most. They say they’ll do so by selling their devices to agencies at a special low cost so that the agencies can then give them to people in need for either a very low cost or no cost at all.
The website for the Power Project illustrates another part of Nest’s campaign: education. They hope to teach people about the importance of energy efficiency. They also hope to promote useful tips for creating an energy efficient home. After describing how important it is to become energy efficient, they give tips for weatherizing homes. Their tips describe all the areas that should be checked, and they also note how to fix problems in easy, straightforward, and often inexpensive ways.
People can also get involved with the Project. On Nest’s website, there’s an area to “Give Help.” You can enter your zip code and be directed to the organizations in your area that currently help people maintain energy efficient homes. And if you need help yourself, you can click “Get Help,” enter your zip code, and see which organizations in the area might be able to help.
Nest’s Power Project website is live now. To see more about the Project, visit Nest’s website.
Nest, the popular smart device company, is now releasing a temperature sensor.
Nest has been well-known in the smart home arena for some time now. They offer a variety of smart home products. They have smart thermostats, smart cameras, smart doorbells, smart security systems, smart locks, and more. Their focus is on offering products that can combine to make one well-connected smart home for easy security and control.
Nest’s devices are quite popular, with their products regularly showing up in articles featuring the top smart products on the market. The Nest Thermostat is particularly popular. Their thermostats are designed to save energy and make controlling your home’s temperature more convenient. You can control the thermostat from your mobile device, set it to turn down when you’re not home, and more. With the pricier models, you can even let your thermostat learn what temperature you like at certain times of day so that it can adjust itself automatically.
Now Nest is releasing the Nest Temperature Sensor to work with their smart thermostats. Using the Temperature Sensor, you can help your Nest Thermostat keep track of the temperature in specific rooms. You can set the sensor in a room (or attach it to the wall) and make sure that room’s temperature is regulated the way you want.
Nest’s website mentions using multiple Nest Temperature Sensors to keep track of different rooms. You can then decide which rooms are most important to keep regulated and at what times. This means if you want to make sure your living room is a certain temperature while you’re home during the day, but you also want to make sure your child’s room is a certain temperature while they’re sleeping at night, you could use multiple sensors to plan your temperature schedule.
The Nest Temperature Sensor is currently available for pre-order. One sensor costs $39, while you can get three sensors for $99. You can learn more about the new Temperature Sensor on Nest’s website.
If you’re pretty interested in smart products, you’ve probably heard of Nest. Nest has made a number of smart devices, and they’ve recently announced some pretty big upcoming products. Up to this point, Nest has been best known for their smart thermostats and their smart smoke detectors that also send alerts for carbon monoxide. In an announcement on September 20th, Nest gave a glimpse of their upcoming smart devices that will expand their product line and take them into new territory.
One of Nest’s new products is a complete home security system. The security system includes Nest Guard, Nest Detect, and Nest Tag, as well as the Nest app. Nest Guard is a small device that will work like the base of the security system. You can use it to enter a passcode or otherwise tell Nest that an authorized person has entered or is leaving. Nest Tag will work with the Nest Guard to arm or disarm the system quickly. The Tag is a small device that is pictured being kept on a keychain and that will be placed on the Nest Guard to essentially sign in and sign out when coming and going from your home. And Nest Detect is a thin bar that can be placed on windows, doors, and walls for several purposes: it has a motion detector, it can tell when a window or door is being opened, and it can shine a light when it detects your movement during the night.
With the Nest app, you’ll be able to control this smart system from your phone. You’ll get security alerts and be able to call the police. If you have one of Nest’s security cameras, you’ll be able to check the video to see what’s happening and, with an added subscription, provide the video to police if necessary.
Also announced was the Nest Hello video doorbell. This doorbell will let visitors ring you using a smart device. You’ll be able to see them in HD, and you’ll be able to speak to one another. It will also alert you if someone sets off its motion detector, even if they don’t ring the bell.
These announcements, and the announcement of new outdoor security cameras, are certainly good reason to keep an eye on Nest in the future—2018, specifically, when these products are meant to come out. If all goes well, Nest will soon be known for much more than their thermostats.
(Featured image: Nest)