Nest Learning Thermostat Review & Giveaway – #LearnAndConserve Challenge #3 – Make It Simple

I have enjoyed sharing my #LearnAndConserve journey with you over the past few weeks, I hope you have enjoyed reading my tips & tricks. Challenge #1 was all about Winterizing you Home, Challenge #2 featured my favorite NoBake Recipes and today for our 3rd & final Challenge, it’s all about keeping it simple {plus a little treat for you!}


As we brace the cold, cold winter, you may see spikes in your energy usage. To minimize the impact of the cold weather on your energy consumptions and for the final challenge we were challenged to incorporate the following simple changes into our daily life. These small changes can make a huge difference month-to-month, not only in the cold, winter months but all year long.

  1. Rotate your fans clockwise, which pushes the warm air back down.
  2. Wash your clothes in all cold water. When using the dryer, run multiple loads at a time. The heat will build up and not need as much electricity. Also, use the cool-down cycle to allow clothes to finish drying with the remaining heat in the dryer.
  3. Replace your bulbs with energy-efficient lighting
  4. Turn off lights when not in a room, not at home or at night
  5. Unplug electronics not used on a consistent basis


Another awesome way to keep things simple is with the Nest Learning Thermostat.

As part the #LearnAndConserve blogger challenges I have been participating in the past few weeks, everyone involved in the program was gifted a Nest. The Nest is a learning thermostat that gets to know your schedule, programs itself to keep your home comfortable {and energy efficient} and has a goal of saving you money on your heating & cooling bills.

Nest Learning Thermostat

This treat couldn’t have come at a more perfect time for us in our new home – it can be an expensive challenge learning to heat a new, big space {especially when you are used to only worrying about a 1 bedroom apartment!} and the Nest has been awesome at helping us regulate the temperature in our home.

Nest Settings

If you aren’t familiar with all the awesomeness that is the Nest, it’s a really great, user friendly, little device. It took Charles less than 30 minutes to install and set up – it’s as easy as plugging it in, connecting it to your wi-fi, and letting it know what your highest heating & lowest cooling preferences are, then it gets to know your schedule and adjusts accordingly.

I love how it automatically turns down to an energy-efficient temperature when we are out of the house for the day. It can sense movement around where it is installed and will turn up and down depending on when people are in the house.

NestEnergy History

Charles’ favorite part of the Nest is that it can be completely controlled via an iPhone app {it connects via wi-fi}. He can turn the temperature up or down in the house anytime, anywhere – which I think is pretty cool. You can also easily see the schedule the Nest has come up with for your home and adjust accordingly.

Nest Iphone App

So here’s the amazing news – the wonderful folks at NRG Energy, who are hosting this #LearnAndConserve blogger challenge, have offered up ONE Nest Learning Thermostat {a $250 value} AND a $25 Home Depot Gift Card {to make simple, energy efficient changes in your home} to one lucky And Her Little Dog Too reader!

I can’t say enough good things about the Nest & know you will love it too!Giveaway ends Sunday – enter below to win, Good Luck!

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Giveaway ends Sunday  1/12 /  Winner will be notified via email!

 I want NOT compensated for this post

but I was sent a Nest Learning

Thermostat{shown} for review.

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  • Reply Amy Li January 8, 2014 at 11:34 am

    My husband has been wanting to try one of the Nest thermostats for a while. His brother just got one, and he’s jealous!

  • Reply Sarah D. January 8, 2014 at 11:37 am

    These are awesome! Great giveaway!

  • Reply Kendal Barriere January 8, 2014 at 11:43 am

    I have wanted a Nest thermostat for over a year now! Would love to win!

  • Reply Leah January 8, 2014 at 11:47 am

    I recently discovered this at a friends house about a month ago. This seems like a great product!

  • Reply Shannon January 8, 2014 at 11:48 am

    I’ve seen these before and always wanted to try it! Great giveaway!

  • Reply Emily January 8, 2014 at 11:52 am

    We would love this. This would definitely help cut down on our heating/cooling costs. With a baby due in April….every little savings helps.

  • Reply Dana Gordon January 8, 2014 at 11:52 am

    I was JUST reading an article about the Nest last night, and I saw your post today! Very informative and what a great giveaway 🙂

  • Reply Kat January 8, 2014 at 11:56 am

    We’ve been thinking about getting a nest since buying our house in December. Our thermostat does not seem very accurate and I’m always hot in the house! Does it work with android devices too?

  • Reply Juliene January 8, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    I’ve wanted a best since young house love posted about it awhile back. I’m
    Always looking for ways to save and conserve energy.

  • Reply Susan January 8, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    my husband is such a baby he needs to have the heat up so high. we neeed this!

  • Reply Rebecca @ Runner with an Appetite January 8, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    I sadly can’t add this into my apartment, but my mom has a huge house that costs a ton to warm/cool. I’d love to gift it to her so that she can save money and be more energy efficient!

  • Reply Bethany Novak January 8, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    I have been wanting to add this to our house as well since I saw a review on Young House Love! Would love to conserve energy and love to get new techy gadgets 🙂

  • Reply Beverly January 8, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Wow – what an amazing device! I would love to win this as a new step in becoming a more energy conscious homeowner!

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    I have been wanting a Nest forever! Great giveaway!

  • Reply Kate January 8, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Oh these look amazing! I would love to be able to cut my bills down a bit with the Nest!

  • Reply MMT January 8, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Thought about getting one of these for the new house we built. Great concept.

  • Reply Meari January 8, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    After years in an apartment, we’re now living in a place were we could have a programmable thermostat. And I’ve had my eye on one of these for quite some time!

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    I love saving energy!

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    This is a great giveaway! I have been researching these for a while and it looks great and easy to use!

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    looks pretty neat!

  • Reply Kelly @ Cupcake Kelly's January 8, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    My husband and I have actually been talking about getting one for our house, we want one, but other home projects keep coming up!

  • Reply Lynda Del January 8, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    I’m interested in saving money and energy.

  • Reply Dan January 8, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    My husband has had his eye on this for awhile – it’d be a great surprise for him!

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    This looks like such a great way to safe some money!

  • Reply Liz January 8, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Would love this – thanks for the giveaway!

  • Reply Cate January 8, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    I would love to win to help keep our house nice and warm in the winter and cool in the summer for Eleanor and the new baby 😉

  • Reply Marisol January 8, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    My hubby would love this!

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    I’ve been wanting one of these for awhile! I think it’s an awesome way to save energy & money.

  • Reply Katie January 8, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    What an awesome giveaway! I would love to use this to save energy!

  • Reply Susan January 8, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    This would be such a good addition to our home to make our house energy-efficient!

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    just bought a house–would love this!

  • Reply Jenn C January 8, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    We’re always looking for ways to be more energy efficient, and this would be a great way to look at our heating/cooling patterns, be better about our thermostat settings, and save some $$!

  • Reply Jennifer January 8, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    I’ve seen these before and have been wanting to try it! Great giveaway!

  • Reply Jennifer T January 8, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    We just replaced our old wall heaters in our house with central heating, and I’ve been eyeing one of these. Seems like such a great product!

  • Reply Brittney January 8, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    My husband is a major tech geek and would totally love this!

  • Reply Patty O January 8, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    What a great little gadget and who’s not into saving money these days!

  • Reply Amy Mc. January 8, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    I am obsessed with the thermostat and would love one of these nifty things!

  • Reply Nicole @ Liberty Belles January 8, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    having to auto-adjust my thermostat every morning and night in person in order to conserve is really getting to me!

  • Reply Diane January 8, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Our house could really use one of these!

  • Reply Lindsay January 8, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    With baby #2 on the way this would be great to have

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    We are always looking to save some money around our home!

  • Reply Haley January 8, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    We just moved into our new place and I would love to save some money on our bills with one of these nifty thermostats.

  • Reply Sarah January 8, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    This looks so easy to use! Much better than regular “programmable” thermostats…

  • Reply Casey @ Salted Plates January 8, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    I’ve been wanting one of these for a really long time but since we don’t own I haven’t invested. Would be great to be able to change temp on the go and adjust for when we will be gone longer than normal on work days

  • Reply Cristina January 8, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    I have been begging my husband for a nest for over six months! I am beyond obsessed with them!

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    Would really like to win this energy & money saver

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    Sounds like a great product!

  • Reply Joy January 9, 2014 at 4:35 am

    Nest is on my “gotta get” list the idea of saving $ on my heat is awesome!

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    I would love to win this!

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    Save energy !!

  • Reply Renee January 9, 2014 at 9:39 am

    I’ve wanted one of these for a while! I’m obsessed with data and tracking.

  • Reply Brittany January 9, 2014 at 9:43 am

    I just heard about the NEST on NPR this morning and I’d love to win one to save energy and lower our heating bill.

  • Reply Marcie January 9, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    I would love to win this! We have wanted one for awhile and we just moved into a larger home. This is a great giveaway!

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    I’m about to move to a new climate (from south to NE!) and this would be awesome! Fantastic giveaway!

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    What an awesome product and a great giveaway! I would love to win this as my husband and I are in the process of buying a home!

  • Reply Janet January 9, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    This would be an awesome gift for my BF on Valentines day

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    I want to win this because I am moving into my fiancé’s house and I think that it would be great to save some money (for the wedding!!)

  • Reply Ellen January 9, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    This would be great for my dad’s apt since he is currently has limited mobility, would love to give it to him.

  • Reply Ashley O. January 9, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    This is interesting. My husband would love to put this to work!

  • Reply Melissa January 10, 2014 at 10:06 am

    oh! living in an old (read: non-energy efficient) house, this would be awesome!

  • Reply Marcie January 10, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Would LOVE this!

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    I want it!!!!!!!

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    I would love to win to save myself some money! 🙂

  • Reply Juliet January 10, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    I have been eyeing the Nest and would love to win. We don’t have a programmable thermostat right now so the nest would be a huge and exciting upgrade!

  • Reply Margot January 10, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Conserving energy and saving money is very important to us with an (expensive!) little toddler in the family. 🙂

  • Reply Jessica January 10, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    They are awesome and I have had my eye on The Nest for a while. I would love to be able to control everything from my phone. It would simplify things.

  • Reply Hilary January 10, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    I saw this at Home Depot the other day and thought it was so cool! Would love to win one!

  • Reply Ashley C January 10, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    This item has been on our wishlist for awhile! We’re hoping to buy our first home this year and this would really help us save energy and money 🙂


  • Reply Harmony B January 10, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Would like to win so I can make my home more effiecient

  • Reply Lauren January 10, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    I would love to win in hopes of regulating my old, not-so-efficient house!

  • Reply Ashley January 11, 2014 at 8:49 am

    My husband has been wanting a Nest! Now that I read this post, I want one too!!!

  • Reply Rachel A. January 11, 2014 at 10:24 am

    My husband and I have been wanting to get one of these but haven’t because of the cost. We bought a 60 year old home, which needs lots of updates, and we’re spending a lot to make it more livable.

  • Reply Tiffany January 11, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    I would love to win because our thermostat is so old and it would be neat to control it while we are out of the house.

  • Reply alaine January 11, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Because we need a new one and my husband loves Home Depot.

  • Reply Danielle January 11, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    I have heard wonderful things about Nest and would love to try one out during these cold winter months!

  • Reply Lisa January 11, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Maxmom05 here! I love your blog! I am a stitch fix fan and can’t wait to you get back to blogging about it after your little prince comes! Good luck! Blessings

  • Reply Lisa January 11, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Maxmom05 here! I love your blog! The nest would be awesome to have and to help save some money!

  • Reply Meredith January 12, 2014 at 12:01 am

    Would love to win!!

  • Reply ellen ross January 12, 2014 at 10:57 am

    this would be great in my parents home

  • Reply Shannon January 12, 2014 at 11:23 am

    We’re renovating our first home, this would be so sweet to check this off the long list of things we need to purchase!

  • Reply tammigirl January 12, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Like you, we have moved into a new home. I would love to learn more about how to properly heat and cool all three levels of this house, which each have their own zone and thermostat for the zone.

  • Reply Kim January 12, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    We have been wanting one since a family member showed us how easy it is to regulate your home heating and cooling from anywhere.

  • Reply Tyson hoeflinger January 12, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Great way to save energy.

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