Google introduces new Nest Thermostat with energy-saving features for $129

After it was reported last week that Google was preparing to launch a new Nest Thermostat, the company has formally unveiled the device today. Costing $129.99, the new Nest Thermostat is one of the company's cheapest thermostats yet - and it's cheaper than the five-year-old Nest Learning Thermostat, which is still listed for $249 on the Google Store.

The new Nest Thermostat features an arguably more modern design, with almost no space for bezels around the round display. It's also a more sustainable design, with the plastic parts of the device using 49% recycled post-consumer plastics. Google also sells the Trim Kit, which helps cover up unsightly marks of your previous thermostat on the wall, and that's made with 75% recycled plastics.

Feature-wise, the Nest Thermostat offers Quick Schedule through the Google Home app, which lets users set different temperatures for different times and days. There's also Savings Finder, which means the thermostat is constantly looking for ways to save energy, such as by slightly lowering the sleep temperature. It also uses Google's Soli motion sensors and your phone's location to figure out if you're home, and set itself to an Eco temperature to save energy when you're gone. Earlier this year, Google introduced HVAC monitoring features for Nest thermostats, and naturally, the new model supports that, too.

The new Nest Thermostat is available for pre-order today, costing $129.99 in the U.S and $179.99 in Canada. it's available in four colors: Snow, Sand, Fog, and Charcoal. Google didn't specifically say when it would begin shipping, but the Google Store suggests that will happen around November 5.

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