With the weather warming up, a lot of us are turning off heating and turning on cooling for the first time this year. The Nest Learning Thermostat gives you a few easy ways to keep rising temperatures from turning into rising energy bills.
So here are some warm weather energy saving tips for your Nest thermostat:
Set your Away temperature to “Off”. If you don’t have pets or plants in the house, turn your “cool to” Away temperature up (to 85° or 90°) or off completely. If you want it to be cool when you get back, just turn the temperature down on your way home with the Web or Mobile app.
*Shut the shades and curtains. *If you’re leaving for the day, keep your shades and curtains firmly closed. If you can keep the house cool naturally, Nest will use less energy cooling it down.
Let temperatures drift up in the afternoon. The afternoon is the most expensive time to have your AC running, so make sure to set Nest to a high temperature in the afternoons, especially if you’re not going to be home.
Remember Nest will learn a new schedule. When you switch from heating to cooling or vice versa, Nest will start learning a new schedule, just like it did in its first week. Take advantage of the start of a new season to lock in good habits early: look for the Nest Leaf every time you change the temperature and turn the temperature up as you leave the house.
Choose a wide range. You can waste a lot of energy turning heating and cooling on in the same day. But if you have to switch between them at least once a day, you may want to use a range schedule to do it for you. But be aware that range schedules can be wasteful if the range is too narrow. For example, a range from 68°-78° will use a lot less energy than 70°-74°.
Pack up the blankets at night. Put away your winter blankets and turn the temperature up a little higher to save energy while you sleep.
Check your Energy History. It’ll show you when your air conditioner was working and help you spot places where you could use less, especially during peak hours.
And even if you do nothing, Airwave is always there to save energy in most homes. What else do you do to lower your energy use in warm weather?