Google has announced it is going to buy a ‘smart’ thermostat start-up company in a deal worth $32 billion (£1.9 billion).
Founded by two executives from Apple, ‘Nest’ has developed a thermostat which can help lower heating and air conditioning bills by learning user behaviour.
It could potentially reduce bills by 20%.
It has sensors which can tell if a building is occupied or not determined by temperature, humidity, activity and light. These can also be controlled by a laptop, tablet or smartphone.
Larry Page, CEO of Google said: “They’re already delivering amazing products you can buy right now – thermostats that save energy and smoke/CO alarms that can help keep your family safe.”
Google bought a firm last month that makes intelligent energy efficiency systems for offices.