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James Roche commented on Brian Brainerd's blog post Is the Nest Learning Thermostat Disruptive Technology?
"My name is Jim Roche and I am a service tech for H.O. Services.  We are currently Nest Certified referred contractors and have performed dozens of installs for Nest and customers of Nest.  I really enjoyed reading the article.  It hit…"
Feb 24, 2014
Better Buildings Support left a comment for Brian Brainerd
"Welcome to the Better Buildings Residential Network group on Home Energy Pros.   The Better Buildings Residential Network group is an online community where Better Buildings Residential Network members collaborate. We encourage you to share…"
Feb 7, 2014
Hans Joachim Preiss commented on Brian Brainerd's blog post Is the Nest Learning Thermostat Disruptive Technology?
"Hardly anybody thought of their thermostat as being dumb and unattractive before NEST showed up. Many people thought thermostats could be improved and that their user interfaces were stuck in the stone age, but not many worked on improving them -…"
Jan 24, 2014
Bob Blanchette commented on Brian Brainerd's blog post Is the Nest Learning Thermostat Disruptive Technology?
"Agreed, it's totally a firmware/software issue. That makes it obvious to me that Nest didn't do enough research in real world HVAC systems. Reversing valve issue got "fixed" on the last update, but must be configured in…"
Jan 24, 2014
Dennis Heidner commented on Brian Brainerd's blog post Is the Nest Learning Thermostat Disruptive Technology?
"Bob,  in defense of NEST,  the thermostat does have a lot of processing power in it... My guess is that they have allowed for a download of a firmware update to solve some of the problems.  And more importantly some of the algorithm…"
Jan 23, 2014
Bob Blanchette commented on Brian Brainerd's blog post Is the Nest Learning Thermostat Disruptive Technology?
"The Nest has some major technical flaws, especially for heat pump systems. 1: No ability to adjust temperature swing/cycle times. A feature virtually every other quality thermostat has. 2: No ability to use emergency heat and aux heat without…"
Jan 23, 2014
Dennis Heidner commented on Brian Brainerd's blog post Is the Nest Learning Thermostat Disruptive Technology?
"If the NEST thermostat was selling for $49 and no additional fees,  it would be disruptive.  But it isn't.  There have been numerous home automation systems with learning abilities for items such as thermostats -- available for…"
Jan 23, 2014
Brian Brainerd's blog post was featured

Is the Nest Learning Thermostat Disruptive Technology?

There’s my thermostat now, a squared-off plain looking fellow named White Rogers. He hangs over my shoulder and mocks me three or four times a day for not being smart enough, or responsible enough, to program him. "Hey! I’m BUSY HERE, TRYING TO TRANSFORM THE MARKET FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY, and you, Mr. White Rogers, are a daily pain in my side. I can’t read you. You don’t even know what time it is, but I do, it's time you get dumped! I’m going over to the Apple store to pick up my own personal…See More
Jan 22, 2014
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Is the Nest Learning Thermostat Disruptive Technology?

There’s my thermostat now, a squared-off plain looking fellow named White Rogers. He hangs over my shoulder and mocks me three or four times a day for not being smart enough, or responsible enough, to program him. "Hey! I’m BUSY HERE, TRYING TO TRANSFORM THE MARKET FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY, and you, Mr. White Rogers, are a daily pain in my side. I can’t read you. You don’t even know what time it is, but I do, it's time you get dumped! I’m going over to the Apple store to pick up my own personal…See More
Jan 22, 2014
Hans Joachim Preiss commented on Brian Brainerd's blog post Getting Out the Message on Home MPG
"That's absolutely where we need to get to in order for energy efficiency improvements to pay off when selling the home. But currently there are so many ways to cheat. E.g. when I know I'll be selling my house next year, I'll turn the…"
Jan 17, 2014
Lauren Boitel commented on Brian Brainerd's blog post Getting Out the Message on Home MPG
"Interesting blog! We always talk about HES scores as MPG rating for homes - I think it is definitively a useful analogy that the average homeowner can understand."
Jan 16, 2014
Brian Brainerd's blog post was featured

Getting Out the Message on Home MPG

We've created a blog post at AlabamaWISE.com comparing home energy efficiency to auto energy efficiency over time, using photos to help people visualize the prevailing technology when homes were built: http://www.alabamawise.org/whats-your-home-mpg-rating/See More
Jan 13, 2014
Brian Brainerd posted a blog post

Getting Out the Message on Home MPG

We've created a blog post at AlabamaWISE.com comparing home energy efficiency to auto energy efficiency over time, using photos to help people visualize the prevailing technology when homes were built: http://www.alabamawise.org/whats-your-home-mpg-rating/See More
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Is the Nest Learning Thermostat Disruptive Technology?

Posted on January 22, 2014 at 9:21am 6 Comments

There’s my thermostat now, a squared-off plain looking fellow named White Rogers. He hangs over my shoulder and mocks me three or four times a day for not being smart enough, or responsible enough, to program him. "Hey! I’m BUSY HERE, TRYING TO TRANSFORM THE MARKET FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY, and you, Mr. White Rogers, are a daily pain in my side. I can’t read you. You don’t even know what time it is, but I do, it's time you get dumped! I’m going over to the Apple store to pick up my own personal…

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Getting Out the Message on Home MPG

Posted on January 8, 2014 at 3:48pm 2 Comments

We've created a blog post at AlabamaWISE.com comparing home energy efficiency to auto energy efficiency over time, using photos to help people visualize the prevailing technology when homes were built: http://www.alabamawise.org/whats-your-home-mpg-rating/

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At 11:07am on February 7, 2014, Better Buildings Support said…

Welcome to the Better Buildings Residential Network group on Home Energy Pros.

 

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