Electric cars are great. They are better for the environment than gas/diesel vehicles, and they are cleaner and more efficient. But, when it comes to re-fueling your vehicle, electric cars can quickly become an inconvenience.
With a gas vehicle, you can re-fuel its tank to full capacity in as little as 15-20 minutes (including the time that it takes to pay). But, with an electric vehicle, it can take up to 8 hours to charge your battery from empty to full. So, it is clear to see which is the most convenient when it comes to charging.
But, thankfully, the introduction of a device known as the Chargepoint Home charger has made recharging your electric vehicle a lot easier. This charger not only charges your car at home, but it also charges it more efficiently.
To make this charger even more convenient, it is now compatible with Nest. So, let’s take a look at how these two devices work together to make charging your electric vehicle even easier.
What is Chargepoint Home?
First things first, let’s take a look at what Chargepoint Home is. As we have said, Chargepoint Home is one of the first home-charging units created exclusively for electric vehicles. It takes the principle of public charge points, and makes them even better, both in terms of appearance and convenience.
With a Chargepoint Home device, your electric vehicle will be able to charge from empty to full charge in as little as 4 hours. This is half the time of a regular public charge point, and it is able to do this because a Chargepoint Home charger will add 25 miles to your vehicle’s battery per hour. A regular public charge point will only add around 10 miles every hour.
So, a Chargepoint Home charger will add electricity to your vehicle quicker, and it is also more convenient. The biggest problem with electric vehicles is that public charge points tend to be in areas where it would be difficult to kill time while you wait for the battery to charge.
But, with a home charger, you can simply plug your vehicle in when you return home, and leave it to do its job while you get on with your business.
What is Nest?
Unless you have experience with Nest, then you might be a little puzzled as to what it is. Nest is a device that is similar to the Amazon Echo range, and somewhat similar to the Ring Security range, except it is produced by Google. The Google Nest is not a single item, instead it is a line of smart home devices produced under this name.
The Google Nest builds upon the original Google Home Mini. This device was immensely popular when it first entered the market, and so Google built upon it to create a whole range of products that complement it.
From the Nest thermostat, to the Nest Hello Doorbell, and the Nest Cam, there are lots of different devices that can help improve your home.
Just like the Amazon Echo, the Google Nest comes with the ability to connect with other services to make life around the home easier. One of the newest features on the Google Nest is that it comes with the ability to connect with Chargepoint Home devices to make charging your vehicle even easier. So, let’s take a look at how they work with one another.
How does Chargepoint Home work with Nest?
You might be wondering how on Earth these two devices can work with one another, simply because they are so different from each other.
But, both of these devices are extremely intelligent, and this is why they are able to work with one another. However, you might be wondering how these devices are able to connect with each other.
With new technology, your Google Nest will be able to connect with your Chargepoint Home and feed information back and forth. Due to this, your Nest will be able to give information to your Chargepoint Home to inform it of moments of high demand on the grid.
This will cause your Chargepoint Home to slow down the amount of power that goes into your vehicle.
At first, this seems like an inconvenience, but it is actually a good thing. When there is high demand on the grid, the cost of electricity skyrockets. So, slowing the charge will save you money.
Of course, if you do not want to use this feature, you can simply switch it off, and your car will continue to charge at full, no matter the cost of energy.
If you have a Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide detector, then your Chargepoint Home will also work with this. Should there be any power emergency or fire in your home, then you will be notified to your phone by your Nest.
This information will also be forwarded to your Chargepoint Home, causing the device to shut down, protecting your home even further.
What are the Benefits of using Chargepoint Home with Nest?
Just by reading all the ways that Chargepoint Home works with Google Nest, you can see some key benefits of this technology. But, these aren’t the only benefits of this technology. Additionally, with this technology, you get access to one of the major benefits of Google Nest, and that is Nest Rush Hour Rewards.
This service supports what we mentioned earlier about stopping charges when electricity prices skyrocket. Rush Hour Rewards allows you to earn money back from your energy company when you use less energy when it is high in demand.
This allows you to earn back between $20-60, and is a service that is already available to Nest Thermostat users. So, if you use your Chargepoint Home with Google Nest, then this is another benefit that you will experience.
In short, Chargepoint Home is able to work with Google Nest because they are both smart technologies. This will allow your Google Nest to feed information to your Chargepoint Home that will save you money, and also protect your Chargepoint during the event of a fire.
So, if you have a Chargepoint Home and a Google Nest, it is definitely worth connecting these devices to one another.