Saving energy is core to our mission of creating a home that cares for the people inside it and the world around it. That’s why this Earth Day, we’re launching the Power Project to help lessen the energy burden on the 35 million American households that struggle to pay energy bills. In some parts of the country, that bill can be 20% to 50% of a family’s total income – contributing to stress, illness, and in some cases, homelessness.
The Power Project is Nest’s five-year commitment to raise awareness of this issue, and to help provide solutions to those in need. The platform at nest.com/powerproject shows America’s energy burden neighborhood by neighborhood. To better understand this widespread problem, the site contains articles, stories, and a short documentary featuring three families struggling to afford their energy bills. Those who need help can connect to energy assistance programs serving their area. And those who are able to help, can – by giving to organizations in their community – with donations matched by Nest.1
As part of this commitment, we’re making an energy and cost-saving Nest thermostat available to every Habitat for Humanity home built in the US this year. And for the period surrounding Earth Day, April 16–30, 10% of the proceeds of Nest thermostat sales will be donated to organizations helping families with their energy bills.2 We’re also working with energy companies, government agencies, and nonprofits to bring one million thermostats to homes that need them most.
We view the world as one big neighborhood. So we want to do what we can to help our neighbors stay warm in the cold and cool in the heat. The Power Project is just getting started, but we’re in this for the long haul. With your help, we can make real and lasting change.
1Nest will match consumer donations on the site up to $250K.
210% of proceeds from thermostat sales from April 16 through April 30 will be donated up to $500K.