Smart Thermostats About To Be Readily Available

Posted on Posted in Texas Electricity

Good news for people looking to save money on their Texas electricity bills. A few weeks back, I posted a blog entry talking about my experience with my smart meter while moving into a new home. One person in the comments section, David, immediately pointed out a two-day delay in data and being dissatisfied with the difficulty he had in finding Smart Thermostats to take advantage of Smart Meter Technology.

Well, good news for David, as it was recently announced that Lowes would begin carrying the Nest iThermostat. I’ve also discussed the Nest learning thermostat in the past. It’s basically the King of all iThermostats, having been designed by former Apple employees.

And now it will be available at over 500 Lowes locations nationwide. That’s great news. The cost is somewhat prohibitive at $250, but the thermostat is accessable anywhere over laptop or smartphone and other devices, and it adjusts to your behavior and suggests ways to save money. Think of HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey, except focused on your home’s energy consumption and hopefully without a homicidal bend.

This should be a big step in actually leveraging the smart meter technology that we’ve all been paying to years to have implemented in the Texas electricity grid. I know I plan on buying one at some point in the future.

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