Originally Posted by dbtinc
Sorry a $250 thermostat? No matter how "cool" it's still a programmable thermostat. My top of the line wired thermo controls fans, heat, cooling programmable for each of seven days? I mean, come on now. Is this a real product with a real need excepting those that need a non-Apple Apple product?
As far as I can tell there are two ways to look at it, setting aside luxury benefits:
If you don't effectively program your programmable thermostat it will pay for itself in short order. Easily.
If you do effectively program your home thermostat, and have a home thermostat decent enough to program effectively around a schedule, you may not save a whole lot more with the nest. Technically you should be able to save more if you wanted simply from scheduling because the nest provides such amazing control over programming, but it would definitely take a good amount of time to pay for itself. The exception would be if your home is empty with some degree of regularity you can't program around, and you don't turn off your thermostat when you leave (frequently annoying on some more sophisticated thermostats) you have found another avenue through which the nest can pay for itself in a decent period of time.
And then there are luxury features. The nest is incredibly easy and enjoyable to work with, whether programming or adjusting your schedule, viewing history, or simply setting it to away. The wireless controls through the app are also absolutely fantastic. It is easy to program and change settings, and also nice to set it away as you leave (or manage while on vacation), or to have it start warming while on your way home on a cold winter's day. In these regards it has luxury value which does not translate directly into money saved.
So not necessarily for everyone.