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Get App-y: Nest thermostat adds new dimension to heating and cooling

A Nest thermostat makes us look at heating and cooling our homes in a new way.
by Lillie-Beth Brinkman Modified: August 28, 2012 at 11:00 am •  Published: August 28, 2012

“People maybe set it once,” she added. “It's so complicated.”

When the company offered to send me one to install and try out for myself, I was happy to meet the challenge because I had heard so many good things about it from relatives and online reviews when it was released last year. So far I haven't been disappointed. The sleek circle design and the LED display is so much more attractive than the white plastic box that formerly controlled my heating and A/C unit, and I have loved being able to set the temperatures through a smartphone (including Androids and iPhones), especially when I forget to tell it that I'm away from the house.

Although I am not an electrician and had never put in a thermostat, I was able to install it myself, using the video tutorials and extensive information found on the website, The company recommends that you check compatibility with your system before you open the box. Another helpful tip is to take a photograph of your existing wires before you begin the installation so you don't forget which one goes where.

Although the $249 price tag is high, the company points out that most users are saving money in energy bills, which many have posted on the Nest Facebook page. The cost also includes support online and a monthly energy usage report emailed to you. The company continues to develop software that it can push to the Nest via a wireless Internet connection.

“We are always working on introducing new features,” Brink said. “There are just neat things going on here.”

Your turn

Buy the Nest for $249 online or find a list of local providers that carry it at the company's website, For more tips and information, go online to

by Lillie-Beth Brinkman
Lillie-Beth Brinkman is a Content Marketing Manager for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. She was previously an assistant editor of The Oklahoman
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