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 things like Vivint smart home 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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  1. ivy pluchinsky April 18, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    I would love one of those cool doorbells that you can see who’s at the door before answering it!

  2. Amy Heffernan April 19, 2016 at 4:37 am

    They are a very neat design. We had a home invasion back in 2014 which left us all very very scared and unsafe in our home. We moved but the fright is still in us. I like how it keeps records and the camera is SUCH a benefit. Is it affordable?
    Email–> amyjaneheffernan@gmail.com

  3. angela marriott April 19, 2016 at 6:59 am

    I am looking forward to Virtual keys where you use your smart phone to lock and unlock your doors.

  4. em April 19, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    I do like the Nest thermostat but I’m more interested to see who’s at my door so I’m looking forward to getting a Video Door Bell since baby is on the way. I don’t want to keep going back and forth. Just being honest lol

  5. jan April 19, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    So many cool things to look forward to. Seeing who is at your door would be handy for us as we have no way to view who’s there at the moment.

  6. Ken Balaz April 19, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    I have been looking at getting a NEST thermostat for my house. Love the idea of graphing the year to see what savings have been accomplished by dialing back a degree or two.

  7. Mark April 21, 2016 at 9:32 am

    I am looking forward to integrated smart lighting and security, that saves money and makes the home more secure. The heating, lighting can automatically adjust when you leave and return to save with no security compromise.

  8. Matt Delaney April 21, 2016 at 9:58 am

    Love the enhanced locking systems. Being able to unlock and lock my home from my smartphone is fantastic!

  9. christine nunes April 21, 2016 at 10:51 am

    My fiance works in a business thats all about housing your home with technology. He would be all about this product! He has actually told me the benefits of it. What a great prize thank you for the chance!

  10. Tanis April 21, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Definitely detering theft – Cameras that show real-time images inside and outside your home!

  11. Trevor armstrong April 21, 2016 at 11:45 am

    I can’t wait for smart electric gates. Would be amazing as I’m a few minutes from home to open my sliding gate.

  12. Loretta April 21, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    They are a very neat design.

  13. Cliff April 21, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    I’m looking forward to being able to monitor total home energy use, equipment runtime, and outdoor weather conditions. This will let me know what improvements to the house will give the best energy savings.

  14. Lawrence April 21, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    I’m looking forward to smart locks becoming the more accessible standard.

  15. Aaron April 21, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    I love the fact that cameras show real-time images inside and outside your home.

  16. Andrea D April 21, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    I’m looking forward to the enhanced door locking system! I love the fact that you can lock & unlock your door from your phone! Super neat ?

  17. Darrah Bailey April 21, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    The deterring thieves would be great

  18. jorge April 21, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    I like the cost savings of a smart thermostat

  19. Burcu April 21, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    I am looking forward to the lighting systems set on randomized timers to turn lights on and off when you’re away from home.

  20. Josh S April 21, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    I really like the camera which displays real-time images outside of the house. Such a brilliant idea for when I’m away and my wife can check what the camera is showing without putting herself in danger.

  21. Brooklynn April 21, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    Real time images is a must in my books.

  22. Rebecca R April 21, 2016 at 11:33 pm

    The Enhanced Locking System sounds amazing! No more forgetting to lock the door!

  23. Alex P April 22, 2016 at 8:18 am

    The water sensors that can detect leaks would be amazing.

  24. Monica P April 22, 2016 at 8:24 am

    Cost savings and not wasting as well as knowing of water leaks, etc. Wow, what features.

  25. verica April 22, 2016 at 8:41 am

    water leak sensors would be so useful when going on vacation.

  26. Brad O April 22, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    I already have a Nest camera and I really like how their software is setup. Very easy to use. A Nest thermostat would come in very handy in my home. I am considering in also getting a Video doorbell. Would make life much easier.

  27. gina bergman April 22, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    The nest thermostat looks great. No forgetting toturn it up or down again

  28. Yutaka Tabata April 23, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    Smart Door locks!

  29. Kevin L April 24, 2016 at 10:55 am

    Hmm, after walking around my home for ideas, my answer would have to be SmartWindows. I’m not entirely sure how they’d work, but if they could somehow alert me when to clean them or self-clean themselves, that would be really cool. I hate condensation and mold. 😛

  30. Cody Pfoh April 24, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Oh I love the virtual keys and to be able to lock and unlock the door from my home that is awesome

  31. BlessedTA April 24, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    Saving time and money

  32. Ryan R April 24, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    Right now I am looking for a smart thermostat. It would be nice to set programs, check usage over time, and control it via internet and cell phone.

  33. jessica s April 25, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    I like the control these products can give me! No more worrying about keys or wasting heat

  34. Lynne M April 25, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    I love the idea of app-enabled hot water heaters – I am sure we are burning money down there!

  35. ginette4 April 25, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    I love that the furnace running less, and use less energy..love saving money!

  36. Stephanie Moy April 26, 2016 at 4:45 am

    The digital leak sensors are such a great safety feature.

  37. Stanley C April 26, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    Motion sensors that can alert you of unusual activity would be amazing.

  38. CyberScooby April 26, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    I would love a “house” the would send me details about anything that the camera picks up, such as people coming to the door, breaking in or a fire.

  39. Terri Baker April 27, 2016 at 9:26 am

    I love the Virtual keys. So great that you can use your smart phine to unlock the doors

  40. diana April 27, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    Cameras that show real-time images inside and outside your home;

  41. Natasha Philippi April 28, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    I love how advanced smart homes are getting – being able to control the temperature inside your house from your phone? Genius!

  42. Jasen H April 28, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    I like the idea of the Cameras that show real-time images inside and outside your home;

  43. Cara April 29, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    These smart home solutions are so beneficial. I’m most looking forward to the lighting systems that are set on randomized timers to turn lights on and off when you’re away from home – this is perfect for when you are on vacation!

  44. Ariel C April 30, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    I like the virtual keys aspect via your smart phone!

  45. RonC April 30, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    Anything that deters thieves is good.

  46. AndrewC April 30, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    The cameras are a really good idea.

  47. Shannon April 30, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    I love that digital water leak sensors were incorporated. With this wet Spring our sump pump has been working overtime, it would be peace in mind knowing if something was happening while we were away or sleeping!