Alphabet Inc (GOOGL) Now Offers Lower-Priced Nest Thermostat

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

The Nest Thermostat E is created to "subtly blend" into its environment, Nest said in a statement.

Rather than a glossy metal ring with a big, bright screen in the middle of it, this version of the Nest Thermostat looks a lot more like other, duller thermostats. Alternatively, Nest has a simpler option for it, allowing you to just set it to a basic schedule, where it cribs its homework from the previous generation of devices and picks a schedule that most people seem to like.

Thermostat E, however, is a stark design departure from the original Nest Learning Thermostat.

You can buy it today at the links below.

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

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When the Thermostat E's display is off, the screen goes grey, but when it's turned on, it displays text and numbers with a soft glow and at the right brightness depending on the lighting conditions of the room. The Nest Thermostat E moves away from the prominent look of the Nest Learning Thermostat and replaces it with a more subtle design, highlighted by a white exterior ring and frosted display. While it does learn your heating and cooling habits over time, Nest isn't highlighting that feature.

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.

The lower-priced E is "going to essentially double the market for those products", Kerber said.

That doesn't mean the Thermostat E isn't every bit as powerful as its pricier counterpart-you just have to control any settings aside from temperature on your mobile device using the Nest app. And in addition to app control on your phone, laptop, or smartwatch, the thermostat supports voice commands via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

The Thermostat E can detect whether anyone is home and turn on or off accordingly.

According to Nest, its technology saves customers between $131 and $145 per year, based on studies performed both by the company and by unidentified third-party researchers. 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.