I keep track of my monthly heating hours with Nest thermostat.

To measure, is to know.

I’ve owned a Nest thermostat for a few years and it’s a pretty sweet device. It has a lot of cool features but one of the things I like most about the device is that it learns and adapts to your heating or non-heating needs. In order to learn it gathers data and the data can be fetched if you really want to but Nest sends you an e-mail monthly with some basic info as well.

We all want to save money by lowering monthly costs but in order to really do so you definitely need insights into what you’re really consuming. Ever since I got the Nest thermostat I’ve been been keeping track of our monthly heating hours by putting that data into a simple chart and graph.

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What we hope to see is that over time we will need less heating hours, which will lead in less costs. If we look at the total amount of heating hours per year I have the following data:

Year Total amount of heating hours
2014 176
2015 554
2016 632
2017 417

According to these numbers I can’t really tell that we’re saving money year after year. As you can see 2016 apparently was a very cold year, but it was also a year where we didn’t go abroad for one or two weeks like we normally do at the end of the year. So being home more, immediately shows its effect. I’m curious to find out how the numbers will look like for November and December of this year, hopefully we will see lower numbers than previous year. I think we will see less heating hours in total this year in comparison to last year.

It’s a shame I don’t have any pre-Nest data because I’m sure that we would see significantly less heating hours with Nest because with it’s geo-location feature Nest will automatically turn the heating off whenever we leave our home. Works perfectly!


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