Smart thermostats are not only convenient, but they also have several settings that can potentially save you money. The Nest thermostat is one of the most popular options, and it comes with a whole host of settings that you should take advantage of if you want to hit your utility bill.
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Despite their marketing, smart thermostats won’t save you more money than a regular programmable thermostat, but they are much easier to set up and program. In particular, the Nest thermostat is one of the easiest smart thermostats to use. But if you really want to save money with this, you need to tweak these settings.
Enable Auto-Away & Home / Away Assist
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The Nest thermostat can automatically adjust the temperature depending on whether you are at home or not. So if you regularly go to work at 8:30 am every weekday morning, your nest will know about it and automatically turn off your thermostat. It can also tell you when you’re not at home, depending on your phone’s location, which is handy.
We’ve covered the differences between Auto-Away and Home/Away Assist in the past as it can be a little confusing and also shows you how to enable these features so you don’t have to touch your thermostat. You can find this by going into settings and selecting «Home/Away Assist».
Know how to turn off the socket thermostat
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Sometimes you just don’t need to heat or cool your home, especially if the weather is good enough outside to open the windows. That’s why it’s helpful to know how to turn off the Nest thermostat when needed.
Most regular thermostats usually have a physical switch that you control to turn the unit on and off, but it’s a bit hidden in the socket. You’ll need to open the app, select your thermostat, and tap «Heat» or «Cool» (depending on which one is displayed) in the bottom left corner. From there, you can turn off your nest. Check out the full guide for more information.
Of course, it might be better to leave the thermostat on and just set the minimum and maximum temperatures. That way, if your home ever gets too hot or too cold, your thermostat will kick in and keep the room at the right temperature. But if you ever need to just turn it all off, you can.
Set air filter reminders
In the Nest app, you can set reminders to change the air filter of your HVAC system every few months. And yes, it can actually save you money. Simply go to settings on the Nest app, select Hardware, and then tap Air Filter Reminder.
A clogged and dirty air filter restricts airflow, making your heating and cooling system more efficient to keep your home at the desired temperature. This in turn consumes more energy, which means a higher utility bill you have to pay. So after making sure your air filter is always good and clean, you can remember to replace it.
Once you set the reminders, your Nest thermostat will remind you when it’s time to change your air filter, which will vary depending on how often your HVAC system is used.
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While the Nest will learn your habits over time, many people prefer to have complete control over the temperature of their living space. For the older school among you, setting a timetable is a good option.
You can tell your Nest Thermostat exactly when it should turn on and to what temperature to cool your home. You access this feature by opening the app, selecting your thermostat, and clicking «Schedule» at the bottom. Our full guide has more information on how to set it all up.
Setting up IFTTT recipes
While the Nest Thermostat has many useful features, you can do even more by connecting it to the IFTTT service. By creating some recipes for your nest, you can save even more money on your energy costs.
For example, you may receive a text message or notification whenever your oven or air conditioner breaks down. So if you know your thermostat is on but the room temperature is above a certain point then you will know there is something wrong with your system and sometimes it can cost you a lot of money if it is not repaired due to some reason. or a significant amount of time.
Or you can turn off the Nest Thermostat automatically when the weather is good enough to open the windows. You can also set the recipe to remind you to open the windows whenever this happens, that way you won’t unnecessarily cool your home with the air conditioner when you could just open the windows.
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