30 Jan '12, 9pm

Nest Thermostats: Making Home Energy Use Smarter & Sexier

Nest Thermostats: Making Home Energy Use Smarter & Sexier

About 40 percent of the 92 million residential thermostats in the United States are programmable, which would be a great thing for energy saving, except that only about 10 million of devices are actually programmed. The problem is that most of the gadgets are too hard to use and people aren't inclined to figure them out, Nest co-founder Matt Rogers told attendees at the GreenBiz Forum today in San Francisco. Instructions are complicated, the thermostat is often confusing and, surprisingly, the prospect of saving energy and money isn't alluring enough to inspire people to scale the learning curve, according to Rogers. But what if the programmable thermostat in your house were as easy to use as your smartphone -- and, as a plus, good-looking, too? Those are challenges that Rogers and his business partner, Tony Fadell, are taking on at Nest. The co-founders, both alums of App...

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