New Nest Thermostat Has Almost Same Features And Design But Is Cheaper

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On Thursday, Nest released a lower-priced version of its learning thermostat called the Thermostat E at a retail price of $169.

For $80 less than the Learning Thermostat, the Thermostat E looks like a solid deal, especially if you like the new look.

While still being unmistakably a Nest product, Thermostat E is a much simpler device both in terms of hardware and software design.

A new display. While the high-end Nest has a bright, LCD screen, the E has a frosted display. It still learns your habits and adjusts accordingly and also offers pre-set schedules for further control. The new Nest E can do nearly everything the regular Nest can do, save for a feature called "farsight" that allows the thermostat to detect when you're across the room, and then turn on the display to indicate the time or temperature.

In short, the original line of Nest Thermostats were money-saving gadgets for people who didn't really need to save money.

The Nest Thermostat E launches today for $169 and will be sold alongside the standard Learning Thermostat at its usual $249 price point. You can control it from anywhere with the Nest app.

Nest's new goal is to save 100 billion kWh, which they've calculated to be enough energy to power every home in NY state for two years. Veron said the look of the display, which has blue or orange text that will glow slightly when the display is on, was inspired by watercolors.

It's still a "learning" thermostat, though they've dropped the "learning" bit from the name - that is, it can learn your temperature preferences over time, eventually cranking the heat or cooling to your predicted likings without you having to touch it.

"The frosted display was specifically created to deliver the best of both worlds", says Nest spokesman Matt Flegal. When turned off, the frosted display takes on a glacier-gray color and fades into the background. The Nest Thermostat E has many features and majority are the same of a regular Thermostat. That includes support for Amazon's Alexa and Google's Assistant, though users of Apple's HomeKit platform are still out of luck. Since then, Nest customers have saved more than 14 billion kilowatt-hours of energy- enough to power San Francisco for more than two years. Nest's power-saving aspirations are valuable and important, and the company's uniquely able to do things like automatically manage the power surges and dips caused by a solar eclipse.

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