Airbnb and Nest Share a Room
Nest, a company best known for turning your everyday home appliances into smart home gadgets, is partnering with Airbnb.
The Nest Learning Thermostat will be available for free in select Airbnb accommodations across the country, according to the companies’ announcement.
Airbnb has selected hosts based on a number of factors, interest in green living/travel (usually within their listing description), design aesthetic, good reviews and location. The company has reached out to more than 500 hosts about the thermostats so far.
A recent Airbnb study found that in North America alone, Airbnb guests use 63% less energy than hotel guests, according to said Lex Bayer, head of business development at the company.
The Nest Learning Thermostat is a Wi-Fi-connected home climate control device that can sense when you’re home or away, and will automatically adjust the temperature. It would also let Airbnb hosts remotely control the temperature from the Nest app (could that lead to hosts freezing out unwanted guests?).
Nest, which was purchased by Google for $3 billion in January, will also provide hosts with access to the service’s “MyEnergy” to track energy consumption in their shared homes, apartments and properties.
The news comes as Airbnb continues to fight various municipalities, including New York City, that contend the accommodation sharing service is breaking local zoning laws.
In New York, where housing law prohibits the rental of an entire apartment or dwelling for less than 29 days, landlords have attempted to evict some tenants who have rented out their apartments, and the state attorney general has been seeking information on users who are breaking the law.
The most accommodating city in the U.S. to short-term rentals so far is Portland, where city officials passed regulation officially permitting short-term rentals of rooms in private homes.
Airbnb will gather accommodations on its site featuring Nest devices in a series of eco-friendly wish list destinations.
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