In the market for a new water heater. Considering these cost $500 to $700 a year to operate, I’m looking into smartening up my purchase to save a bit of money.
It appears there are a few options on the market at the moment from Rheem and whirlpool. Wondering if anybody has had any experience with this Whirlpool 50-Gallon 12-Year Regular Electric Water Heater (Works with Iris) from Lowes?
This heater claims to be compatible with Iris (Lowes home automation system), but looking over the manual, I’m only seeing a single page about installing a smartgrid module. I’m wondering if this module also allows for home automation control?
The whirlpool site claims this water heater has 6th sense technology which uses the My Smart Appliances app, but the Smart Appliances page doesn’t mention a thing about the water heater. (Interesting side note, I did find this API page which I’m not sure is meant to be public?)
Stumbled across yet ANOTHER document about the 6th sense technology and it appears it uses WiFi for communication.
So. If you’re still with me, does anybody have experience with one of these?