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[GreenOn] ON only - Free Smart Thermostat program is back

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slightly off topic..I had the Nest thermostat installed in feb this year by Green ON. I was checking my Hydro Ottawa electricity bills and it shows the thermostat fan to have consumed a lot more electricity than last year when I did not have the Nest. Maybe the jump in electricity is due to other reasons, but has anyone else who has installed a smart thermostat noticed any difference in their electricity bills since installation?
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canin40 wrote:
Mar 28th, 2018 1:08 pm
slightly off topic..I had the Nest thermostat installed in feb this year by Green ON. I was checking my Hydro Ottawa electricity bills and it shows the thermostat fan to have consumed a lot more electricity than last year when I did not have the Nest. Maybe the jump in electricity is due to other reasons, but has anyone else who has installed a smart thermostat noticed any difference in their electricity bills since installation?
I would check the "Fan Schedule" in the Nest app to see if it's set to run at designated times everyday. Suppose it should be off and controlled by Nest automatically when it's needed, unless you want to run at specific time.

After installing Nest, my Enbridge bill dropped by 30% and electricity bill dropped by 5%
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Jul 25, 2008
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Does the technician take the existing thermostat with them or leave it behind?
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Aug 22, 2011
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Maximus_ wrote:
Mar 28th, 2018 2:22 pm
Does the technician take the existing thermostat with them or leave it behind?
Mine was taken with them.
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Maximus_ wrote:
Mar 28th, 2018 2:22 pm
Does the technician take the existing thermostat with them or leave it behind?
They take it with them, i would suggest putting a cheap one in temporarily if you have an expensive one so they take that one instead.
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tempchum wrote:
Mar 28th, 2018 1:33 pm
I would check the "Fan Schedule" in the Nest app to see if it's set to run at designated times everyday. Suppose it should be off and controlled by Nest automatically when it's needed, unless you want to run at specific time.

After installing Nest, my Enbridge bill dropped by 30% and electricity bill dropped by 5%
Did you set your temps too high 24/7, prior to installing a smart tsat?
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Maximus_ wrote:
Mar 28th, 2018 2:22 pm
Does the technician take the existing thermostat with them or leave it behind?
They take it. Not sure why.
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vkizzle wrote:
Mar 28th, 2018 2:30 pm
Did you set your temps too high 24/7, prior to installing a smart tsat?
Nope. Actually, the night time temperature is 1 degree celcius higher in the Nest setup. I think the savings mainly came from Nest sensing my absence from home and set to eco mode, unlike the old thermostat setting the temperature on a set schedule which also included a fixed "Away" schedule.
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tempchum wrote:
Mar 28th, 2018 2:36 pm
Nope. Actually, the night time temperature is 1 degree celcius higher in the Nest setup
Then how does a smart tstat that simply controls when your furnace/ac turns on and off can save you 30%.
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vkizzle wrote:
Mar 28th, 2018 2:38 pm
Then how does a smart tstat that simply controls when your furnace/ac turns on and off can save you 30%.
Maybe it "learns" my activity better than the old thermostat.
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luv4deals wrote:
Mar 28th, 2018 2:33 pm
They take it. Not sure why.
My off-the-top-of-my-hat guesses:
1. To "prove" that they actually replaced an eligible thermostat. (Although cheaters could buy used thermostats at places like Re-Store for a few bucks.)
2, To help analyse projected energy savings. Presumably the savings from replacing a set-back thermostat are much less than from replacing old-style electromechanical ones.
3. To safely dispose the mercury in old-style electromechanical thermostats that operate using a mercury switch attached to a bi-metal coil.
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Jul 8, 2007
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Happy to confirm that this is the real deal. Had our new Ecobee 3 installed last week and it's working well, synced up with my iPhone. We selected the Ecobee due to the availability of room sensors which we can purchase in addition. The existing thermostat was left behind, although the installer told me not to mention that if asked. Very good program.
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tempchum wrote:
Mar 28th, 2018 2:41 pm
Maybe it "learns" my activity better than the old thermostat.
That's what I'm saying.
If you saw that much of a decrease, means you had your furnance or ac running too hot or too cold and during times you are not home.
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vkizzle wrote:
Mar 28th, 2018 3:17 pm
That's what I'm saying.
If you saw that much of a decrease, means you had your furnance or ac running too hot or too cold and during times you are not home.
That's obvious the advantage of "Smart" thermostats comparing to old thermostats that worked on strict "schedules". Nest "Learns" by itself to save $ for me.
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May 30, 2017
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I got an ecobee 3 installed tonight and connected it to my google home. Fantastic!

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