My husband—he who records This Old House and loves home reno projects like they’re puzzles instead of giant pains in the rear—is currently obsessed with the Nest thermostat. Because it learns! And you can control it wirelessly from your iPad! And it does the dishes! (I made that last one up. But the way he talks about it, I wouldn’t be surprised if it really does….) The only thing stopping us from getting one is the $250 price tag, because even considering how it’s supposed to save you money, that’s a lot of money for a thermostat.
Anyway, Amazon has the 1st generation Nest in the Gold Box today: it’s just $179, which means just a small cardiac event instead of a full-on heart attack. If you’re interested, here’s a quick crib sheet on the differences between the 1st gen and 2nd gen models.
I still think it should do the dishes, though.