What is Seasonal Savings?
It turns out many people could save a lot of money by making minor tweaks to their schedule. The Nest Learning Thermostat's Seasonal Savings can now make those tweaks for you to help you save energy and stay comfortable. Seasonal Savings is only available to customers of Nest’s energy company partners.
Seasonal Savings is available to Nest Thermostat owners who sign up with Nest’s energy company partners.
Seasonal Savings is available twice a year, in the summer and winter. You'll need air conditioning to get summer Seasonal Savings and heating to take advantage of winter Seasonal Savings.
Keep in mind, Seasonal Savings won’t necessarily be available for everyone, every season. Your Nest Thermostat will only ask you if you'd like to use Seasonal Savings if it can find opportunities in your schedule where small adjustments will save you energy while still keeping you comfortable. If Seasonal Savings can’t find those opportunities for you or if you don’t have a schedule, then you will not get the option to try Seasonal Savings for that season.
How does Seasonal Savings work?
Over time, everyone gets settled into a schedule - we get used to the temperatures we’ve set and miss the energy-saving tweaks that could shave down our bills. So Seasonal Savings can give your schedule a tune-up in the early summer or winter. Seasonal Savings will automatically tweak some temperatures in your schedule to make them more efficient, while still keeping you comfortable. You can change the temperature or adjust your schedule at any time, but if you stick with Seasonal Savings’ tuned-up schedule, our studies show that Nest Thermostat owners use 5-10% less heating or cooling. Actual savings vary by weather and your energy usage. See more about our study here.
If you qualify, Seasonal Savings will appear early in the heating or cooling season. It uses everything your Nest Thermostat has learned about your home and temperature preferences to identify ways that the Nest Learning Thermostat can save energy without compromising comfort.
Any temperature changes Seasonal Savings makes are very slow and subtle. On average, Seasonal Savings only adjusts 1.5ºF. The biggest temperature adjustments will come while you’re asleep or away, so you may never even notice the changes made by Seasonal Savings. Whether Seasonal Savings is adjusting temperatures while you’re home or away, it always keeps your comfort in mind. Our studies show that about 80% of people said that they would keep the schedule that Seasonal Savings fine-tuned for them, and 90% would recommend Seasonal Savings to their friends.
Summer Seasonal Savings
Imagine a simple schedule that cools to 75ºF in the day and to 73ºF at night. Summer Seasonal Savings knows people are sensitive to the temperature at different times of the day and night. Also, you can get bigger savings in the summer from smaller temperature adjustments.
- First Seasonal Savings will adjust the temperature when you’re not home – the daytime hours when everyone is at work or school. However, we know that many people are home throughout the day, so if you don’t have a conventional “go to work” time, then Seasonal Savings will not adjust cooling temperatures in the afternoon.
- Second Seasonal Savings will look at your “wake up” and “return home” times – the temperatures you set when you get out of bed or come home from work.
- Finally, Seasonal Savings will make small adjustments to your nighttime temperatures. We know staying cool at night is essential to comfortable sleep, so changes at night will be the most subtle.
Many temperatures on your schedule may not change at all, and those that do will change so slowly and subtly that you’ll hopefully never notice them at all.
Winter Seasonal Savings
In the winter, Seasonal Savings will take advantage of other opportunities to save energy in your schedule. Let’s take another very simple example. Imagine a heating schedule that goes from 68ºF (20ºC) at night to 70ºF (21ºC) during the day.
- First Seasonal Savings will see if there’s room for improvement in your nighttime temperatures. This is often where most people see the biggest savings, with little to no effect on your comfort. Since these adjustments will come when you’re asleep, you may never even notice they’re happening. If you don’t have a nighttime temperature, Seasonal Savings may create one for you.
- Next, Seasonal Savings may adjust your schedule if you go away regularly – for instance, to work. This is another time where Seasonal Savings can be a bit more aggressive, since it’s tweaking temperatures while nobody is at home. If you’re usually at home during the day, Seasonal Savings will make sure you stay comfortable.
- Lastly, Seasonal Savings may adjust the temperatures when you’re home, but these adjustments will be most subtle to ensure you stay comfortable. Some temperatures on your schedule may not change at all.
If you don’t like an adjustment Seasonal Savings has made, go ahead and change the temperature right on your Nest Thermostat, or in your schedule. Your Nest Thermostat will learn from your adjustments and change its behavior. So if Seasonal Savings sets temperatures 2ºF (1.5ºC) higher, and you turn it down, then your Nest Thermostat will know to make more subtle changes next week.
What can I expect?
Before Seasonal Savings:
- You’ll get a notification on your Nest Thermostat and on the Nest app that Seasonal Savings is ready. The notification will include a personalized estimate of what Seasonal Savings could save you. Click “Continue” and Seasonal Savings will start slowly adjusting your schedule over three weeks. If you have more than one thermostat, you’ll get a message for each thermostat that qualifies for Seasonal Savings, and you’ll need to accept each message on each Nest Thermostat.
- You can also choose to delay Seasonal Savings for up to a week by clicking ‘Not now’ or you can decline it entirely.
- If you have more than one thermostat, you’ll get a Seasonal Savings message for each thermostat that qualifies:
During Seasonal Savings:
- You’ll see a gold gear () on the Nest Thermostat's display as well as the Nest app whenever Seasonal Savings is adjusting the temperature to save you energy.
- If you change the temperature while Seasonal Savings is running, the gold gear icon will disappear. Seasonal Savings will learn from your change and adjust how it adjusts the temperature accordingly.
- While Seasonal Savings is running, there will be a banner at the top of the Nest app in Energy History informing you of its progress. To see how much time you have until it’s complete, you can also look at ENERGY on the Nest Thermostat.
- Check your Energy History on the Nest app or the Web to see what temperatures have been adjusted by Seasonal Savings. Each temperature that Seasonal Savings has tweaked will be encircled by a gold ring.
After Seasonal Savings:
- You’ll receive a notification after Seasonal Savings is complete, telling you how much more Nest estimates you’ll save for the rest of the season if you keep the Nest Thermostat's schedule.
- If you have more than one thermostat that qualified for Seasonal Savings, you’ll get a separate message with estimated savings for each thermostat’s schedule.
How do I turn off Seasonal Savings?
You’re always in control. You can override a temperature that Seasonal Savings sets by simply changing the temperature. The gear will disappear and won’t appear again until Seasonal Savings makes another temperature adjustment.
To see Seasonal Savings’ progress and how long you have to go until it’s done, go to the ENERGY > SEASONAL SAVINGS menu on your Nest Thermostat, or to the SETTINGS > UTILITY menu on the Nest app.
Why can I only get Seasonal Savings through one of Nest’s energy company partners?
Seasonal Savings is powered by Auto-Tune, a new Nest technology that requires a huge amount of memory, storage and processing power. Maintaining all this data is expensive, and by partnering with energy companies we don't have to pass the cost on to our customers.