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Have a Connected Home with Nest Smart Thermostat & Netgear from Best Buy

Disclosure: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

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We have been living in our house for 15 years now and lately our thermostat has not been accurate and has been costing us a fortune. The air ran constantly this summer and seemed like it would never shut off. This was making our gas bill almost $300. Plus, there were times when we were away and I forgot to adjust the temperature while we were gone but there was nothing I could do because I was already away.

I was introduced to the Nest Smart Thermostat found at Best Buy and let me tell you, I fell in love with it. Not only is it saving me money but I can also control it from my phone. Let me tell you how it works as I think you will be excited to hear more.

Sleek new design – thinner, sleeker in design, and allows for a bigger, crisper display than the prior 2nd generation version. It has a 40 percent larger, brighter, high-resolution screen and new graphics so you can see it easier from far away. The display is crisp and clear and more flush with the wall.

East to Connect – · To manage the Nest Smart Thermostat from you smart phone, tablet, or laptop while you are away, just connect to your existing home’s Wi Fi network and download the free app from iTunes or GooglePlay.

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Programming– No need to do anything as the Nest Smart Thermostat will program itself. It will adjust automatically as it learns your habits and regulates your home’s temperature based on your schedule. Yes, it is that smart! Going away? Switch it to the “Away” mode as it will automatically switch to an energy-efficient temperature.

Integration with other Nest products – Like the 1st and 2nd generation, the 3rd generation Nest Learning Thermostat will work with Nest Protect and Nest Cam.

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We travel often so it’s nice to know that I can come home to a comfortable temperature setting as soon as I walk in the door and don’t have to come home to a freezing household.  Since I love to save money my favorite part about the Nest Smart Thermostat is the energy usage tracker. I can go to that setting and check to see how much energy I have used. And if I have used too much it will provide me tips that will help me conserve that energy. In independent studies, the Nest saved an average of 10-12% on heating and 15% on cooling bills.

If something is not working correctly, Nest will give me an alert to let me know if something is not working right. I also get alerts if my home’s temperature goes above or below limits you set. This is one smart thermostat that will last a lifetime in our household.

Want to save even more money? Some local utility companies offer rebates – find out about available rebates online.

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One thing we use a lot of in our household is internet. When all 5 of us get online at once it sometimes can slow down or go out. We have been through several routers and they seem to never keep up with our internet usage.

The Netgear Nighthawk DST Router and DST Adapter is new and exclusively at Best Buy and includes Geek Squad.  Not only is this a must have for our internet usage but also helps our Nest Thermostat work properly as we need the Wi-Fi.

It comes with comes with one “Dead Spot Terminator,” adapter that will eliminate any Wi-Fi dead zones. To eliminate, just place it in an area where you get little/no reception, to improve Wi-Fi access. I cannot tell you how many times our internet or phone calls from our smartphones have dropped. This has improved the dead zones in our area and I can actually have a full conversation without calling the other party back because I lost them.

The router is so powerful that I can connect up to 10+ devices. Yes, I said 10+ devices! It is built to support that much. So if you are streaming music or playing a game it will be lag-free.

Need Support? Best Buy is offering one year of Geek Squad service that can help with set up and support over the phone or web. You can actually talk with a live person for any help you need. Talk about good customer service!

sling tv

 

Have you heard of Sling TV? With Sling TV you can watch your favorite channels such as ESPN, AMC, A&E, TNT, HGTV and more when you want, on any device you want. It is just $20 per month but you can also get extra entertainment with add-on packages starting at $5 a month, and HBO for an additional $15 per month.

Devices to watch Sling TV from include:

o   TV and video players, including Amazon FireTV and Roku

o   Xbox One

o   Smartphones, tablets, laptops and computers (select operating systems)

With Sling TV, you don’t have to wait all day for the cable guy to come to your house. Plus, there is no equipment, set-up fees or annual contract. Simply sign up online, download the app and start watching.

Best Buy is offering $50 off compatible device offer  available in stores only with 3 months of prepaid Sling TV service. Note: The $50 discount is given in the form of a Best Buy store coupon.

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