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    Wednesday
    Jul192017

    Chad's Crappy Corner & Another Gadget For His Theme For July, 2017

    This week Chad compares two high-tech thermostats in his “Gadgets From Major Hardware Stores”, his theme for July. Fortunately, Chad already owned the Nest Thermostat and his house was already equipped with a Ecobee4 thermostat – otherwise he would have spent an astounding $900+ to buy them both! Here's just a little bit about each one, before we see what Chad has to say about them. There is a ton more info online, even at the Amazon links below.

    Nest Learning Thermostat 3rd Generation, Stainless Steel, Works with Amazon Alexa

     

    Your thermostat controls half your energy bill – more than appliances, more than electronics. So shouldn’t it help you save energy? Independent studies have proven that the Nest Learning Thermostat saved an average of 10-12% on heating bills and 15% on cooling bills. That means that in two years, it can pay for itself. It got 4.6 starts out of 5 stars from an amazing 13,420 reviewers. Also the Nest Learning Thermostat is the first thermostat to get ENERGY STAR certified. $245.00

     

    http://amzn.to/2tl6mgU

     

     

    Ecobee4 With Extra Room Sensor - works with built-in Alexa

     

    With built-in Alexa voice service, Ecobee4 can listen to your voice commands and respond. Have it set a timer, read you the news, adjust the temperature, and more. It also comes with a room sensor that helps manage hot and cold spots in your home, delivering comfort in the rooms that matter. And because they can detect occupancy, they can automatically enable the right mode on your Ecobee4 for energy savings when it senses no one is home.4.2 out of 5 stars on Amazon from 113 reviewers. $249.00

     

    http://amzn.to/2uEOQbu

     

    And Chad's Take?

     

    Chad liked the idea of the Ecobee4 having an extra room sensor. With the sensor in another room the thermostat will consider two locations before turning heat or AC on or off. But Chad quickly found the remote sensor ran through 2032 batteries really quickly. It got so annoying he stopped using the extra sensor. So now Chad says the two thermostats have almost equal abilities. So which one would he pick if were buying one? They're almost the exact same price, but Chad likes the Nest better. He feels it has a better look, and a better build quality. He also mentioned Nest has been in this business for a long time. The Nest did better in the Amazon ratings too with some 13,420 reviews! Watch this weeks show to hear all about (and see) both thermostats.    

     

    See or hear this show: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1632

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