The neat Nest thermostat is now available in several major Canadian retail outlets, the company announced this week.

Nest is a smart thermostat that is connected to the Internet to help you save as much money as possible on your energy bills.

Previously, you could only order Nest online. Not that anything’s wrong with that, but you can now touch and feel it in person before you buy it at a couple of home improvement outlets.

The smart thermostat is now available at Home Depot, Lowe’s.

What makes the Nest so special is that it runs software designed to cut down on your energy bills and make sure you’re comfortable at the same time.

It learns a temperature schedule so that your home is at just the right temperature when you want it to be. The Nest also uses a motion sensor to determine when you’re not home, going into power saving mode at just the right time.

I had the chance to try out the Nest – and it cut my electrical usage during the peak summer months by as much as 50 per cent, compared to a non-programmable thermostat.

The Nest was also pretty easy to install.