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The Nest thermostat has been sold out for months, but it looks like that backlog is starting to clear. While the thermostat still isn’t available on it website, the company is offering some potential customers on its email list a chance to buy the device.

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The Nest learning thermostat has been sold out since the beginning of November, but it looks like that back log is starting to clear a bit. While Nest’s smart thermostat still isn’t available for sale on its website, the company is offering some potential customers on its email list a chance to buy the device. I just got this email Tuesday morning (though, I already bought one):

Since you’ve been waiting patiently all this time, we’d like you to be one of the first to get a Nest. You can buy up to five Nest Learning Thermostats now, before we open the store to the public. Click below to order, but please note that you can only order once using this personal reserve page.

I still don’t know the volumes that made the Nest thermostat sold out for months, but clearly the company is being cautious not to over promise delivery of its $250 thermostat. While there are other connected, programmable thermostats out there on the market, the Nest smart thermostat is a hot ticket item because it was designed and developed by former Apple execs, is super slick, and can help customers cut 20 to 30 percent of their home energy consumption.

I did this unboxing video over the holidays, though I have yet to install the device (as I bought it as a gift). But while you’re still waiting for a chance to buy the Nest, watch our unboxing video below, and we’ll follow up with an installation video shortly.

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  1. No need for an installation video. It is the easiest thermostat you will ever install. I installed two of them in December in under a 1/2 hour.

  2. I’ve gone from excited about the Nest thermostat to a recommendation for others to not buy them. My experiences logged here: http://www.wiredprairie.us/blog/index.php/archives/1382

  3. Katie Fehrenbacher Tuesday, January 3, 2012

    Thanks @Scott Kelly and @Aaron for sharing your contrasting experiences.

  4. Travis Henning Tuesday, January 3, 2012

    Does anyone know about how much this thermostat could save over a more traditional (and significantly cheaper) programmable? We have our programmable set up to lower the temp during the day (8-3) and at night (10-6). If we’re going to be gone for an extended period, I manually lower it and hold the temp. Just wondering if there’s additional payback for using the Nest over what we currently use.

  5. Katie,

    I would be very interested in hearing how much you save after installing that thermostat.

    Therm by therm savings compared with degree days factored in.

  6. Nest is one of the few products that I’ll actually grab a neighbor in the street and drag inside to see. Its that cool and amazing. And, it took all of 30 minutes to install my first one, less than 5 minutes to do the second one…and they work flawlessly out of the box. Really amazed by how great it is.

  7. According to EnergyStar the average home owner spends $2,200 per year on energy – half of which is on heating and cooling.

    They say that $180.00 dollars can be saved on correctly adjusting a Thermostat – although they do not explain where this comes from – and in my experience they usually overstate savings!

    http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=find_a_product.showProductGroup&pgw_code=TH

    By my calculations – assuming that it is half – and give them the $180.00 – this would be 16.36% – so I am most curios to know what the actual energy (in $’s) amount to.

    It would be really helpful if a few people could do some accurate analysis, and then publish the data, so we can advise our respective readers on the facts.

  8. I do HVAC for a living and have been watching the reviews on these T-Stats. These sound like they are having few problems from what I have seen. Honeywell makes a Touchscreen 8000 Series that is the most User Friendly T-stat I have ever used and is half the cost. It also has a 5- year warranty from Honeywell. I would recommend this untill they get the kinks out.

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