I love my Nest. It looks great, it’s easy to use, and it makes me work harder to save more energy.

Smart devices gamify what we do. Think about how your behaviour changes when you put a step counter on. You want those numbers to go higher, you’re chasing records, your brain wants the high of doing better. You try harder.

Same thing happens when we put smart devices in our homes. We see results instantly on our phone and along with things in the home being easier (think smart security where your phone becomes a window to your front door), they are also better for all of us.

With the Nest Smart Home Thermostat, you’re rewarded with leaves when you drop the temperature, have the furnace running less, and use less energy. Those leaves are awesome. I want more leaves.

I seriously treat the thermostat like it’s a game.  I find myself dialling the Nest back half a degree and delaying turning it on, just to get another leaf. Which makes me wonder, how long until we can play actual games on them?

games on Nest

The addicting gamification of the Nest works to your benefit. With a smarter home where you try to collect leaves, you’re actually saving money by using less energy.

That’s a win.

Here are some other reasons I love my Nest:

 Takes the hassle out of making my home more comfortable by learning my habits and being programmable from my pocket

 Takes lifestyle & daily routines into consideration – like lowering temperatures when I leave for work, and raising them before I return

 Potentially prevents home damage by maintaining a consistent temp to help prevent pipes from freezing and bursting in the winter – I can set standard minimum temps for when we go on vacation

When I was at the recent Dad 2.0 Summit, Rheem had a booth where they were discussing smart hot water heaters. Yes, app enabled water heaters. And furnaces. And that’s not the end of what the internet of things has in store for us.

The appification and gamification of the smart home goes beyond smoke detectors, cameras, thermostats, fridges, stoves, tvs, lights, and sprinklers. It’s a game of smart homes, and if you use the technology right you could save money and live safer.

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Disclosure: This post was written as part of the Allstate Canada Influencer Program and sponsored by Allstate Canada. All opinions are my own.

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