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Google subsidiary Nest Labs unveils Learning Thermostat for UK

Nest brings Internet of Things to the home with high-tech energy-saving thermostat - Learning Thermostat can be controlled remotely by smartphone and adjusts to user preferences

Nest Lab has launched its Learning Thermosat into the UK.comprising a programmer and a thermostat in one device. Primarily targeting home heating initially, the company says the thermostat programs itself, automatically turns down the heat when the user is away, and can be controlled from a mobile.

Nest is also announcing its first UK energy partnership, with npower, which will offer the Nest Thermostat to millions of its customers, providing them with the ablity to save energy as part of their energy plans. npower is offering the Nest Learning Thermostat to its six million customers with a three-year fixed tariff energy bundle.

Lionel Paillet, Nest general manager for Europe, said.“Nest Learning Thermostat customers in the US experience savings of approximately 20 per cent on average off their heating and cooling bill and we’re looking forward to helping customers in the UK save as well.”    

The thermostat can turn the boiler on and off according to the temperature in the home and learns the preferred temperatures, adjusting it based on personal schedules. Thanks to built-in sensors, the Nest Thermostat knows when the house is empty and automatically turns down the temperature, helping to save energy.

Nest Learning Thermostat Features

Auto-Schedule – Nest programs itself in a few days, creating a personalized schedule based on the temperature changes you make, and continually adapts to your changing life.

Auto-Away – After you’ve left the house, built-in activity sensors notice that you’ve gone and Nest automatically adjusts the temperature to avoid heating an empty home.

Remote Control – Control your home’s temperature from your laptop, mobile or tablet.

The Nest Leaf – A green leaf appears on the display when you turn Nest to a temperature that’s energy efficient, guiding you to energy savings.

Energy History – Energy History shows you how often, and for how long, your heating system was on. Customers will also receive an Energy Report summarising the last month’s heating usage versus the month before, and why it went up or down.

True Radiant – With True Radiant, the Nest Thermostat reduces temperature swings and starts heating early so you get the temperature you want when you want it, whether you have underfloor radiant system or a radiator.

Works with Nest Protect – Families who have added both a Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest Protect: Smoke + Carbon Monoxide alarm to their Nest Account will benefit from these products working together. If Nest Protect’s carbon monoxide alarm goes off, your Nest thermostat automatically turns off your gas or oil boiler, a possible source of poisonous carbon monoxide leaks. In addition, the Nest Protect activity sensors improve the Auto-Away feature of your Nest thermostat.

New features for the UK include:

A thermostat and a programmer all in one – The Nest Thermostat replaces your programmer, giving you precise control of your heating from one place.

Heat Link – turns your boiler on and off when you change the temperature on your Nest Thermostat.

The Stand for Nest Learning Thermostat – Accessory for those who don’t have thermostat cables available in the wall, want to replace wireless thermostats, or just want to put in a better location, the Stand for the Nest Learning Thermostat is available to place Nest in a better location.

Pricing, Availability, Installation and Compatibility

The Nest Learning Thermostat has a suggested retail price of £179 (VAT included), or £249 (VAT included) with a professional installation. The Stand for the Nest Thermostat is £29, sold separately. Both products are sold separately and available at more than 400 retail stores. Professional installation is available for purchase through Nest certified professional installers found at www.nest.com/uk.

The Nest Learning Thermostat is compatible with almost all central heating systems, including: Combi and condensing boilers; System and heat-only boilers; Hydronic underfloor systems; and Air source and ground source heat pumps (heating only).

The Nest app is available for Android and iOS devices at no cost. A Web-based version is also available.

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