Smart home devices are incredibly convenient, but they’re a privilege that not everyone has the option to experience. Nest Labs is going to change that for this year’s Earth Day.
You Get a Smart Thermostat, and You Get a Smart Thermostat, Everyone Gets Smart Thermostats!
Nest E smart thermostats are functional AND beautiful. Seriously, look at this thing.
Doing their best Oprah impression, Nest Labs plans to give away over a million Nest E smart thermostats. More specifically, they’re targeting what they refer to as “low and moderate-income homes,” where the devices will be installed.
To achieve such a thing, the company is partnering up with various organizations including financial lenders, government programs, utility companies and more. Some of the bigger names involved include Habitat for Humanity, Southern California Gas, and Fannie Mae.
Why would they be doing such a thing?
Research shows low income households spend more money on utilities. On average, American households spend about 3.5 percent of their income on electricity bills. Yet one in five families spend over 20 percent—up to 50 percent—of their income on heating and cooling.
Naturally, the Nest E smart thermostat can help them better manage energy consumption and related costs.
Nest Wants Everyone to Benefit from Modern Technology
Even the product packaging looks great.
Jeff Hamel, the head of energy partnerships at Nest, says the team wants to build a better world for families.
“Creating a home that takes care of the people inside it and the world around it has been Nest’s mission since day one.”
“We’ve joined with Habitat for Humanity, Fannie Mae, and energy providers across the country this Earth Day to bring this mission to life through The Power Project, to connect families with the tools and programs that can help alleviate the burden of high energy costs. Every family deserves to have heat in the cold and light in the dark.”
While this is definitely a welcome initiative, I can’t help but think if they really want to make a difference, they need to upgrade people’s cooling and heating units too. My AC unit is the biggest contributor to my energy bill, especially since it’s old, inefficient, and I live in Florida.