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#51 OFFLINE   Chris Blount

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 08:46 PM

I was actually coming here to bump this old thread to ask everyone what their preference was on this.  My Nest v2 will be here tomorrow and I was just pondering whether or not I'd program it myself or let auto program do it's thing.  My schedule is pretty set, except for my weekends, so I thought programming it myself may be the best bet. 

 

I was also going to ask what the consensus was on using manual away.  How long does one need to be "away" before it's worthwhile?  Should I go "away" just to go do my grocery shopping, go out to dinner, etc or use it only if I'm going to be gone for longer periods?

 

Well, I can tell you that auto-away kicks in about an hour after you leave the house.

 

For me, using the away feature (either manual or auto) makes a big difference on consumption.



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Posted 25 June 2013 - 06:45 AM

Well, I can tell you that auto-away kicks in about an hour after you leave the house.

 

For me, using the away feature (either manual or auto) makes a big difference on consumption.

 

Ok, sounds like I may let auto-away do it's thing.  Most of the time I'm only gone about 30 to 45 mins at a time running errands but other times I may be out 2+ hours for a movie, dinner, etc. 

 

How sensitive is the motion detection on it?  Mine will be mounted in the hallway leading to my bedroom and I may or may not walk past it every hour.  I guess what I'm asking is if I'm sitting on the couch for 2 hours watching a movie will auto-away kill my A/C because I haven't walked down that hall?


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Posted 25 June 2013 - 09:40 AM

 

Ok, sounds like I may let auto-away do it's thing.  Most of the time I'm only gone about 30 to 45 mins at a time running errands but other times I may be out 2+ hours for a movie, dinner, etc. 
 
How sensitive is the motion detection on it?  Mine will be mounted in the hallway leading to my bedroom and I may or may not walk past it every hour.  I guess what I'm asking is if I'm sitting on the couch for 2 hours watching a movie will auto-away kill my A/C because I haven't walked down that hall?


Yes, that can happen. It has happened to me. When it does, I usually have my iPhone or iPad around me so I simply disable auto-away (the app will ask you if you want to turn it off temporarily since you are there). It has actually saved me energy since I don't realize auto-away is enabled until the house starts getting warm which could be a few hours.

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 04:33 PM

It works so well, I've pretty much forgotten about it.  We were away Friday night and returned mid-morning. . . I should have called home about an hour before we got there.


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Posted 26 June 2013 - 10:31 AM

Thanks for the info guys, it was super easy to setup.  Now let's just see what it learns.


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Posted 06 July 2013 - 07:54 AM

You'll like it. Since installing it, my energy bills have definitely dropped. I love seeing the Green Leafs and knowing that I am conserving energy each month.

 

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Posted 06 July 2013 - 09:01 AM

I'm already seeing how small changes in temp/time can make big differences in energy usage.  I'm also amazed and how much heavy thunderstorms bring my energy usage, A/C wise, down.


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Posted 07 July 2013 - 02:01 PM

 

Yes, that can happen. It has happened to me. When it does, I usually have my iPhone or iPad around me so I simply disable auto-away (the app will ask you if you want to turn it off temporarily since you are there). It has actually saved me energy since I don't realize auto-away is enabled until the house starts getting warm which could be a few hours.

 

I woke up this morning and found a message on my Nest saying that it had learned auto-away.  Since then it's kicked off twice on me today while I was just sitting on the couch watching tv.  lol


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Posted 07 July 2013 - 02:47 PM

You see this? Nest advertising claims challenged. They have to back off on some of their claims.

http://www.asrcrevie...d-by-honeywell/





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