PALO ALTO, Calif. — Nest Labs Inc. today announced the third generation Nest Learning Thermostat, which has a slimmer profile, a high-resolution screen that’s 40 percent larger, and an updated user interface to make it easier to read temperatures, alerts, and messages. New software features for the thermostat include Farsight, which automatically displays the target temperature or time when it senses movement in the room, and Furnace Heads-Up, which uses diagnostics to give advance notice about possible problems with a customer’s heating system.
“The Nest Learning Thermostat has beenproven by third-party researchers to save people, on average, about 10 to 12 percent on their heating bills and about 15 percent on their cooling bills,” said Maxime Veron, head of hardware product marketing, Nest. “Millions of Nest homes around the world have saved approximately 4 billion kilowatt hours of energy compared to what they would have used if they’d left their thermostats at a consistent temperature. And the results are getting noticed — the 3rd generation Nest Thermostat will not only be available at 7,000 retail locations and from 25,000 Nest Pro installers, but through energy and enterprise partners such as Southern Company, Direct Energy, SunEdison, Infinite Energy, Reliant, and ADT — companies committed to helping their customers stay comfortable and save energy by offering the Nest thermostat at a discount or at no cost.”
New features for the 3rd generation Nest Learning Thermostat include:
• Sleek new design — The thermostat has a 40 percent larger, brighter, high-resolution screen and new graphics so you can see it easier from far away.The display has 229 pixels per inch (PPI), 25 percent more than the second generation Nest Thermostat. The third generation unit also has a slightly thinner profile to be more flush against the wall.
• Farsight— Previously, you had to be close — about 3 feet (1 meter) away — to get the Nest thermostat to wake up and turn on the display. Farsight takes advantage of the new high-resolution screen so that you can see useful information on the thermostat from across the room. You can set the thermostat to display target temperature, an analog clock or digital clock, or turn Farsight off.
• Furnace Heads-Up— Most forced air furnaces have an automatic shutoff to avoid overheating. The Nest thermostat will look for shutoff patterns that indicate there’s a persistent problem and if so, will provide a Heads-Up message in the Nest app and on the thermostat screen twice per year, and also a notice in the monthly Home Report. (Furnace Heads-Up will be available for first and second generation customers later this year.)
NEST ENERGY AND ENTERPRISE PARTNERS
More than 40 energy and enterprise partners are now working with Nest to bring instant rebates and offers for Nest products, as well as deliver energy saving services like Rush Hour Rewards and Seasonal Savings. Partners offering the third generation Nest thermostat include:
• Southern Company— A major energy provider powering homes across the Southeast, Southern Company is bringing offers to customers for Nest’s full product line — the third generation Nest Learning Thermostat, Nest Protect, and Nest Cam. Residents in Georgia can already get the Nest thermostat at no costwhen they sign up for the Smart Usage Rate through Southern Company subsidiary Georgia Power; additional offers will be announced later this year. For more information, visit www.southerncompany.com/nest.
• Direct Energy— One of the largest providers of electricity, natural gas, and home services in North America, Direct Energy is providing the third generation Nest thermostat to residential and small business customers at no cost when they sign up for the Comfort & Control Plan and Back to Business Plan, respectively. In some markets, Direct Energy is also offering Nest’s Rush Hour Rewards and Seasonal Savings. For more information, visit https://directenergy.com/nest.
• SunEdison— A major renewable energy development company, SunEdison is offering the third generation Nest thermostat to residents in California, New York, and Massachusetts. Eligible customers who sign up for a SunEdison power purchase agreement (PPA) will receive a Nest thermostat at no cost, with free installation. Learn more at www.sunedison.com/nest.
• Infinite Energy— A supplier of retail and wholesale energy, Infinite Energy will provide the third generation Nest thermostat at no cost to Georgia residents who sign up for Infinite Energy’s 24-month fixed rate plan. For more information, visit www.infiniteenergy.com/nest/.
• Reliant Energy— A subsidiary of NRG Energy, Reliant is offering the third generation Nest thermostat at no costto Texas residents who sign up for the Reliant Learn & Conserve plan or an eligible Free Weekends electricity plan. Customers will also be able to access Nest’s Rush Hour Rewards. For more information, visit https://nest.com/energy-partners/reliant/.
• ADT —Customers of ADT, a leading provider of security and automation solutions for homes and business, who sign up for select ADT Pulse service plans in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, and Miami may be eligible to receive a third generation Nest thermostat. Building on the success of the partnership in these four launch markets, this offer is expected to be rolled out to ADT customers nationwide later this year. For more information, visit www.adt.com.
“Nest started out in 2011 with a single product offering — the Nest Learning Thermostat — and then added the Nest energy partnership program in 2013,” said Ben Bixby, head of energy and enterprise partnerships, Nest. “Today, we can count the largest regulated utilities, deregulated energy providers, and solar energy companies among our partners. We’ve also added enterprise partners like ADT. We’re looking forward to working closely with all of our partners to make the new third generation Nest Thermostat and other products accessible to customers everywhere.”
For more information, visit www.nest.com.
Publication date: 9/1/2015