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•THE WHOLESALER® — MARCH 2011


2011


Hybrid Electric Technology Slashes Energy Use in Suburban Home


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hether homeowners are looking to help the environment or simply save money on their monthly en-


ergy bill, they have a strong incentive to ex- plore the latest “green” technologies from A. O. Smith. This is especially true for home- owners who must choose an electric water heater because they do not have access to nat- ural gas or propane in their home. Electricity is typically the costliest way to


heat water. As an A. O. Smith employee, Jeff Storie knew this fact all too well. His own home in Sango, Tenn., was equipped with a conventional 50-gallon electric water heater that was more than five years old. Storie also knew that A. O. Smith was ready


to introduce a brand new hybrid electric model into the market that could significantly reduce his monthly power bill. He jumped at the chance to install one in his own home. The new Voltex®


hybrid electric water


heater brings together the proven reliability of a standard A. O. Smith electric water heater with advanced heat pump technology. The heat pump makes the Voltex more than twice as energy efficient as an ordinary electric unit. “When you see an opportunity to slash the monthly cost of operating your water heater by more than 50 percent, it’s a no-brainer,” said Storie, who serves as national manager of contractor marketing. “I couldn’t wait to


Project: New hybrid electric gas water heater replaces traditional non-efficient 50-gallon tank


Location: Sango, Tenn. Product: A. O. Smith Voltex®


• 2.3 EF: Saves the homeowner significant money


Electric Water Heater Product Highlights:


• Advanced technology in electric water heating


• 80-gallon capacity • ENERGY STAR® • Tax credit eligible


qualified


• Simple installation with similar footprint to conventional electric models


• Advanced control with three modes of operation: high efficiency, hybrid and con- ventional electric


Hybrid


SUPPLIER PROFILE


A. O. Smith’s Voltex® generates immediate savings model


bring the Voltex into my own home to see the impact firsthand.” The A. O. Smith Voltex operates at 2.3 EF, making it the only type of electric water heater that is ENERGY STAR®


rated. The


heat pump allows it to pull heat out of the sur- rounding air, like an air conditioner in reverse. That heat is then transferred to the water in the tank. This is a very efficient way to heat water, and the byproduct is cooler and dehu- midified ambient air. There are four people living in the Storie


home, which measures 2,750 sq. ft. and con- tains three full bathrooms. Their Voltex has an 80-gallon tank, providing more than ample hot water for their family size. “Our master bathroom has a large garden


tub, and my nine-year-old daughter fills it al- most every night,” said Storie. “The larger 80- gallon capacity with our Voltex does a great job of filling the tub and recovering quickly after the bath.” The energy savings are easy to see on the family’s monthly power bill. After the first full month of operation, the family’s overall use of electricity dropped 481 kilowatt hours compared with the previous year. That amounts to $51 off the bill for one month alone. The savings continued to rack up the fol-


lowing month with 355 kilowatt hours less electricity use compared with the previous year. Month after month, the results were consistent. If this trend continues, the Storie family can


expect to save more than $500 annually in the cost of operation for their water heating. “Today’s homeowners are smart about en-


ergy savings. They understand how quickly an energy-efficient appliance can pay for it- self,” said Storie. “When you show home- owners the math, they’re going to make the best economic and environmental decision for their family.” To make life easy for the contractor, the


Voltex installs similarly to conventional elec- tric models with the addition of a condensate drain. There is no additional time or tools re- quired. The Voltex is also eligible for a federal tax


credit, as well as many other state and local rebates. For more information, go to www.hotwater.com. n


See contact information on page 194 The new Voltex® hybrid electric water heater combines a stan-


dard A. O. Smith electric water heater with advanced heat pump technology that makes the Voltex more than twice as en- ergy efficient as an ordinary electric unit. It’s the only type of electric water heater that is ENERGY STAR® igible for a federal tax credit.


rated and is el-


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