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Now that you've selected the Direct Energy Comfort & Control plan and installed the Nest Learning Thermostat in your home, it's time to learn more about how your Nest is always thinking so that you can save up to 20% on heating and cooling bills. We've collected a variety of articles, how-to's, blog posts, videos, and additional resources so that your Nest Thermostat can start working for you!
It's no secret that installing a programmable thermostat can save you money. EnergyStar.gov estimates a properly used programmable thermostat can save $180 off energy costs. But, who has time to program one and how would you know if you were doing it the right way?
Wouldn't it be convenient if there was one that could learn and adapt to your lifestyle?
The Nest Learning Thermostat learns your use habits and programs itself. By tracking your daily rhythms and how you set your home's temperature, it delivers customized settings and more efficient climate control than a plain-old programmable thermostat. Even better: it's compatible with 95% of home heating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, including gas, electric, oil, solar, hot water, geothermal, forced air, heat pump, and radiant systems.
To see if your system is compatible, start with the online compatibility wiring helper provided by Nest, and then follow these steps:
If your thermostat is built into the wall or if you find it is connected with heavy gauge wires and wire nuts, or if the thermostat has a label saying 110 VAC, then STOP. You have a high voltage system. The Nest Thermostat is not compatible with high voltage systems and should not be connected.
If you are replacing one of the old dome-shaped mechanical thermostats, then you'll need to disassemble it a little:
No matter which thermostat you're looking to replace, it's always a good idea to document the wiring. Either write down the wire's color and screw terminal letter on a piece of paper and tape it to the wall or take a photo of it with your smart phone.
And with your old thermostat off the wall, here's how to install your new Nest Learning Thermostat:
Congratulations - you're done! The Nest Learning Thermostat will turn on and then guide you through the set-up process, including how to connect to Wi-Fi so you can control it with your phone or tablet from anywhere.
For a visual walk-through, check out Nest's super DIY installation guide and see just how easy the installation can be.
Nest provides you the Nest Leaf on your Nest Learning Thermostat to help you learn how to use energy more effectively in your home so you can reduce your electricity usage. The Nest Leaf appears on the display or in the Nest app when you choose an energy-saving temperature. Nest will personalize the Leaf to your home and schedule. The Leaf will challenge you to choose temperatures that are a little lower or higher than you?re used to. Simply setting the thermostat to save one degree can save up to 5% on your heating and cooling bill.How do I program my Nest Learning Thermostat?
Actually, you don?t really program it at all. Once you install Nest and set the thermostat to a setting you like, it begins learning your habits and behaviors. From there, it will automatically adjust usage to match your schedule and habits. While you can continue to manually adjust the temperature, the Nest Learning Thermostat typically takes care of this for you.Is my HVAC system compatible with the Nest Learning Thermostat?
To learn if your HVAC system is compatible with the Nest Learning Thermostat, we recommend that you use this Compatibility Widget created by Nest.Can I use multiple Nest Learning Thermostats in my home?
Yes, you can. In fact, we recommend that, if you do have multiple thermostats in your home, all of them be Nest Learning Thermostats so that you maximize your energy efficiency and savings.Do I need Wi-Fi to use the Nest Learning Thermostat?
The Nest Learning Thermostat doesn't require a Wi-Fi connection to heat and cool your home, but a Wi-Fi connection is recommended if you want to take full advantage of the features available from Nest.
Nest, Nest Learning Thermostat, Nest Leaf, Airwave, Auto-Away, and the Nest logo are trademarks or service marks of Nest Labs, Inc. You must be a single family homeowner to enroll in the Plan. You will receive the Nest Thermostat within 2 weeks of the date you start receiving electricity and/or natural gas service from Direct Energy. The Nest Thermostat is compatible with most HVAC systems. Check the compatibility of your system here before enrolling in the Plan. If you cancel your Plan early, you must pay a device cost recovery fee of $200 per thermostat.