Apr 03, 2012 by Christopher

Nest thermostat – energy efficiency 21st century style

I am totally not a mechanically inclined person. But, I do like cool electronics when I see them-that’s why I have an iPhone, iPad and Mac at home. I can honestly say that these pieces of technology have changed my life for the better. I can’t imagine a life without them…and don’t make me. However, I’m not one of those people who camps out in line for the next version of Apple products or who reads reviews and rumors months in advance of a new technology release. I just recognize a product that makes my life easy, and when I do find that product…I’m sold. And I must admit, it doesn’t hurt if it looks great and is instinctively easy to use. That’s why I was intrigued by the new electronic home heating and cooling thermostat called Nest.

I work for Alagasco, the largest natural gas utility in the state of Alabama. So naturally, I’m always interested in new products that promote energy efficiency in the home. I love natural gas. There is nothing that heats a home like a natural gas furnace. There’s nothing faster than a natural gas hot water heater. And, I will never be without a natural gas clothes dryer…ever. And, when you live in steamy Alabama, cooling your home nine months out of the year can make for some high electric bills. Contrary to popular belief, Alagasco employees don’t get a discount on natural gas. We pay the same rate everyone else does. So, I’m just like everyone else, cooling and heating my home accounts for a significant portion of my energy bills. The way to reduce energy bills is to reduce the amount of energy you use.

So, an easy-to-use, controllable through the Internet thermostat that programs itself by learning my heating and cooling preferences AND will also let me know when I’m taking measures to reduce my energy usage is something definitely worth pursuing.

Over the next few weeks, I plan to share my experience ordering, installing and using the Nest in my home so ordinary people like me can get an ordinary person’s perspective of this interesting new product. As they say on the Nest company website, “We make things that work for people. We take what’s familiar and look at it in a new light. Our team focuses on making technology that’s simple, fresh and helpful.”

Stay tuned during the next few weeks. I’ll let you know if Nest’s claims are true.

What is a Nest? Click here for more information:  http://www.nest.com/


Christopher has worked for Alagasco for 23 years in various positions in various departments in the company including Corporate Communications, Marketing, Customer Service, Field Operations, Dispatching, Contact Center and Advertising. He currently is Director-Market Planning and Promotion.

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