The Nest Learning Thermostat – developed by Tony Fadell, who led the creation of 18 generations of iPod and three generations of iPhone – is now shipping to Canada.
Nest is designed to learn about you and your home to automatically turn itself down when you’re away, guide you to energy-efficient temperatures when you’re home, and free you from programming hassles by creating a personalized temperature schedule – altogether saving you up to 20 percent on your home heating and cooling bills.
“It was unacceptable to me that the device that controls a significant amount of all energy consumed in North America hadn’t kept up with advancements in technology and design,” said Tony Fadell, co-founder and chief executive officer of Nest Labs. “We hope it will not only save Canadians money and energy, but that it will teach and inspire everyone to think more about how we can reduce home-energy consumption.”
According to Natural Resources Canada, heating and cooling accounts for 64 percent of the average Canadian household energy bill. Nest makes a noticeable reduction in energy consumption by addressing the programming problem through a combination of sensors, algorithms, machine learning, and cloud computing.