Nest's Smart Thermostat Ties Into Austin Energy

Looking to save money on your energy costs? Austin consumers who use Austin Energy are among the few who can take advantage of a new, energy saving feature of the smart Nest thermometer, according to manufacturer Nest Labs. The Nest, a smart, Internet-connected thermometer aimed at helping consumers save on energy cost, now automatically ties into a consumer's power usage data from Austin Energy, via a new deal Nest announced with NRG Energy Monday. According to Nest, its new "Auto-Tune" technology connects into utility data, to learn about your habits and automatically fine tune the device's schedule to save energy; the thermostat is also tied into a "Rush Hour Rewards" program with Austin Energy an dothers, which will pay users incentives to use less energy when other users are using more; the program pays anywhere from $20 to $60 during the summer. Nest Labs is based in Silicon Valley.