New Systems

Many newer hot water heaters already incorporate smart technology. These systems prevent unnecessary water heating and energy waste, through remote monitoring and control of usage. Over time, smart water heaters learn household behavior patterns to predict when hot water will be needed. When it’s not, the tanks shut off and allow water temperature to “drift” within a specified range.

  • Remotely monitor and control usage
  • Heat water only when needed, based on household use patterns
  • Many newer models already use smart technology (rebates are currently available)


Standard hot water heaters, as well as heat pump water heaters, can be retrofitted with a smart control to take advantage of the benefits associated with new models. The smart control is installed directly on the unit and consists of a controller and temperature sensor.

  • Retrofit your existing system by installing a smart control directly on the unit
  • Suitable for electric and natural gas units with digital valves, as well as heat pump water heaters
  • According to ACEEE, the payback on a retrofitted system is one to three years

Energy Savings

Smart water heaters generate higher savings in homes that go unoccupied for long periods of time. They can also help you save on energy bills if your utility offers time-of-use rates. During times where your energy costs are higher, your unit can idle while occupants use hot water stored in the tank. Check with your utility to see if you qualify for time-of-use rates.

  • Achieve up to 15% energy savings in homes where hot water is used infrequently
  • If your utility offers time-of-use rates, save energy and money by shifting heating to off-peak hours
  • For time-of-use ratepayers, achieve energy cost savings of $50 to $200 per year