In some ways, April 22nd is just another day of the year. However, every April 22nd for the last 50 years, millions of people worldwide celebrate it as Earth Day and another opportunity to stress the importance of environmental protection and conservation.1
Earth Day is the ideal time to think about the health of the planet and the importance of safeguarding the environment. For many, Earth Day is every day, and one easy step towards everyday energy conservation is adding a smart thermostat to your home such as the Google Nest Thermostat or the Google Nest Learning Thermostat.
When thinking about climate change complexities, a smart thermostat may not seem like a big deal. Still, according to Energy Star®, if everyone used a certified smart thermostat, we could offset 13 billion pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions.2
Personally, homeowners that utilize a Google Nest thermostat save on average about 10-12 percent on heating and up to about 15% on cooling costs annually.3 With the average household consuming almost half of their annual energy through heating and cooling, the potential savings could add up.4
It works like this: the smart thermostat “learns” temperature preferences and self-adjusts accordingly to prioritize conserving energy.
Google Nest thermostats are controllable from an app on a smartphone or tablet, and users can change the settings at any time, from anywhere on their mobile devices. Want to turn down or turn off the air conditioning while on summer vacation? No problem! Pull out your phone and adjust the temperature from that vacation destination.
The smart thermostat also sends alerts if anything is wrong, such as the temperature rising or falling past a certain threshold. This alert could mean the HVAC unit has issues and needs inspection; if it’s a significant issue, this feature can help prevent substantial damage. It also sends general notifications, like when the filter needs replacing.