Nest Earth Day Discounts Include $30 Off Learning Thermostat, $50 Off Combo Purchase With Google Home

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Nest recently announced a new discount has launched for customers looking to purchase the company's Nest Learning Thermostat, allowing them to buy the IoT temperature-controlling device for $219 on its website, totaling $30 in savings. Nest founder and chief product officer Matt Rogers announced the temporary deal in a blog post this week, which he said is tied into upcoming celebrations surrounding Earth Day.

    As such, Nest Learning Thermostat's $219 price tag will only remain available to customers until Earth Day, on Saturday, April 22. In the post, Rogers mentioned that since the Nest Learning Thermostat's launch in 2011, the device has "saved over 12 billion kWh of energy," which equates to "enough to power New York City for 81 days."

    Customers also interested in Google Home have a chance to save a little more as well, as Nest also announced a combo deal where purchasing both the Nest Learning Thermostat and Google Home at the same time will earn users $50 in savings. Instead of paying $378 for both devices, customers taking advantage of the Earth Day deal will pay $328. On their own, Google Home costs $129 while Nest Learning Thermostat costs $249.

    For those unaware, Google Home is Google's smart home hub, which includes voice controls for numerous home automation tasks like controlling temperature by connecting to Nest.

    Last month it was rumored that Nest is working on a cheaper version of its Learning Thermostat that would cost somewhere under $200 in a bid to gain "a bigger share of the connected home market." Cost-cutting measures might include a Nest Learning Thermostat made with less expensive components and potentially one that would lack the current version's metal edges. Also reported to be in the works by Nest are sensors that would let users control temperature room-by-room, an alarm system, digital doorbell, and updated indoor camera.

    Article Link: Nest Earth Day Discounts Include $30 Off Learning Thermostat, $50 Off Combo Purchase With Google Home
  2. jclardy macrumors 68040


    Oct 6, 2008
    The Google Home "deal" is a bit suspect, considering they routinely go on sale on their own for $99.
  3. cerote macrumors 6502a


    Mar 2, 2009
    Had nest for while. Started acting odder and odder. Moved to ecobee 3 over year or so. Utility bill has been lower since.

    Also have to not make adjustments to it at all after getting schedule down. With my nest I had to keep adjust the schedule because kept not feeling right.

    The room sensors have helped steady the temp by averaging out rooms and keeping busy room at temp we like.
  4. willmtaylor, Apr 14, 2017
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    willmtaylor macrumors G3


    Oct 31, 2009
    A Natural State
    I'm wondering if I could buy them both for the larger discount and then return the unopened Google Home?
  5. slicecom macrumors 68020

    Aug 29, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
  6. jimothyGator macrumors regular


    Jun 12, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
    Your local utility company may offer an additional discount. Right now, my electric company is selling the Nest for $119, and the Ecobee for $100.
  7. seat_hydrant macrumors newbie

    Mar 22, 2017
    The ecobee3 is having an earth month discount and it's HomeKit compatible. Just sayin'
  8. oneMadRssn macrumors 601


    Sep 8, 2011
    New England
    Of course right after I buy two Nests. Not too bad though, I got them for $225 each, so this discount is only a tad better.
  9. DevinPitcher macrumors regular

    May 23, 2009
    Michigan, USA, Earth
    They'll just adjust your partial refund.
  10. nutmac macrumors 68040

    Mar 30, 2004
    Agreed. It's sad that home automation IoT has become a "format war". Thankfully, there are competing products that support wider range of standards (e.g., Ecobee). So I will vote with my wallet.
  11. MrX8503 macrumors 68020

    Sep 19, 2010
    Check out Ecobee 3. The interface isn't as slick as Nest, but it's smarter than the Nest IMO. It comes with one sensor which you can monitor another room separate from your thermostat. It also supports HomeKit.
  12. swm macrumors regular

    May 29, 2013
  13. Mac 128, Apr 15, 2017
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    Mac 128 macrumors 603

    Mac 128

    Apr 16, 2015
    I really wish Nest would add that. I have a large room it controls, and it needs a better average of the temperature throughout the room as the further away from the thermostat there tends to be hot or cold spots, which also happen to be the living areas.

    I also wish Nest had an outdoor temperature sensor that monitored the actual temperature at my house, and not just what the Internet says it is. I'd also like it to then smart adjust based on that temperature, as well as day/night -- if the outdoor temperature rises or falls the indoor thermostat knows which mode to switch into and adjust to.

    Does the Ecobee allow setting a single optimal temperature and adjust heating or cooling automatically to logically maintain it?
  14. MrX8503 macrumors 68020

    Sep 19, 2010
    I have my Ecobee set to auto fan and auto heat/cool.

    For auto heat/cool, you select a temp range. I have my heat temp and cool temp about 6 degrees apart. It'll auto heat/cool as necessary.

    The reason you have to select a range is because a single temp would result into heating and cooling fighting each other.

    With the sensors, I believe you can have it override the sensor in the thermostat. This is good for heating/cooling a specific room. I haven't done this myself.

    The other neat feature is that on Ecobee's web interface, you can see your entire history and compare with others in the area. It takes a few months, but it'll also calculate your home's efficiency.
  15. Mac 128, Apr 15, 2017
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    Mac 128 macrumors 603

    Mac 128

    Apr 16, 2015
    Do you know how small the H/C temperature range can be? On Nest, the minimum range is 4 degrees apart, such that my target is 73, but I have a lower range of 71 and an upper of 74. Unfortunately it means the temperature drops to almost 69, and rises to almost 76 before kicking in again. That's enough to bring on a chill on a cold day, or break out in a sweat on a hot day. And in the winter I have to adjust it upward by a degree or two for a 72/75, 73/76 split, which is great in the morning and evening, but way too warm in the afternoon. So I find I'm adjusting it just as much as I was before I got a smart thermostat -- although I can now do it from the couch, it's usually once I get up and move around when I realize it needs to be changed, so I end up doing it at the thermostat anyway.

    The only benefit I'm enjoying is having it auto adjust based on geofencing and whether I'm home or not, so I don't have to worry about adjusting the thermostat when I leave and return, or when I have a sick day from work, or holiday when setting it for a weekly work schedule. I'm not sure that alone is worth $250. Home efficiency reports are interesting, but not necessarily helpful. My home is much more efficient than many of my neighbors to begin with, and in some cases, I find the reports arbitrary based on Internet reported weather, and not the actual weather at my house.

    Another feature I'd like to see is something similar to the direct sunlight adjustment setting for the thermostat, but in reverse. Much of the warmth felt near the Windows is the result of heat from direct sunlight. A sensor to calculate that effect on human beings into the ambient temperature setting would be welcome as well.
  16. dmunz macrumors regular

    Aug 24, 2010

    Is Nest even relevant anymore? With ecobee and all the other, newer, kit Nest seems stuck in the past.

  17. iansilv macrumors 65816

    Jun 2, 2007
    I just wish there was an option to connect window sensors to it wirelessly that would stop it from operating at all if any windows were open, with a msg on the nest indicating a window was open.
  18. sudo1996 Suspended


    Aug 21, 2015
    Berkeley, CA, USA
    I really want to start my own home automation company and clean up the mess with automatic lighting, thermostats, and especially security cameras. Most importantly, all on open source software! Some day...
  19. MrX8503 macrumors 68020

    Sep 19, 2010
    I'm not sure how small the range can be, but I'd imagine it's not that much smaller than what you're doing. I'm not exactly sure why auto H/C isn't working for you.

    I have my H/C set at 70-76. It will turn on the heat when it's 69 or lower and turn on the air conditioning when it's 77 or higher. House temp of 68 or 78 isn't possible unless it's super hot or cold outside. It sounds like your Nest should be kicking in sooner.

    Ecobee has geofencing as well.

    It's nice to put a number on it though. The reports, as far as I can tell, is based on how hard it's working, not based on the weather outside.

    Radient heat is what you're referring to. I believe if you put the sensor where it'll come into contact with sunlight would work. I haven't tested this myself.

    The beauty of HomeKit is that if you have HomeKit compatible sensors and thermostat, you should be able to do that in theory. Through the home app, you can set up an automation to turn off your thermostat if your window is open.

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