Nest today announced the Power Project, an initiative that the company says aims to raise awareness about the burden that public services such as energy can cause for low-income families. The average household in the US UU It spends 3.5 percent of income on energy, but one in five families spends 20 percent or more on their account, and that can lead to real struggle and difficult budgeting decisions.
"We are committed to installing one million energy and money-saving thermostats in the homes that need them the most in the next five years by collaborating with energy companies, housing agencies like Fannie Mae and non-profit organizations that work to bring energy efficiency for everyone, "the company said in a press release.
The Power Project site includes tips for air conditioning your home against the stations.
Nest will give these organizations "special prices" on the Nest Thermostat E (typically $ 169) to make it cheaper or no cost to install the device in US households with income. Among the partners of the company is Habitat for Humanity. "As part of our shared vision for the creation of thoughtful and sustainable homes, Nest is donating an E Nest thermostat to every Habitat for Humanity home built in the United States in 2018," the company said. "And during the two weeks of Earth Day, from April 16 to April 30, 10 percent of the revenue from Nest Thermostat sales (up to $ 500,000) will be donated to organizations like Habitat for Humanity that provide Energy efficient solutions to people I need more. "
But consciousness is also a key objective of the Power Project. Nest has data visualizations (like the previous one) for its own neighborhood and beyond, where it can "explore the impact of energy loading on communities across the country." For those willing to make donations to organizations that help struggling families, Nest will match donations of up to $ 250,000. The site also lists programs of service companies (such as ConEd and National Grid in my area) that can provide assistance in some cases to help customers meet their energy needs without sacrificing other needs.