Kinda ugly but it would be very useful.
I should point out that this is a prototype and the production model will have a much sleeker design. You can sign me up for one of these devices when they are released.
As much fun as it is to connect my lights, there are plenty of less sexy appliances and items that could probably benefit more from a bit of connectivity. Such as the humble water heater, which according to the U.S. Department of Energy is the second largest consumer of energy in most U.S. homes, at 19 percent.
That’s why the Aquanta system from Sunnovations caught my eye when it was applying to be a Garage@Connect participant at Structure Connect, which kicks off Tuesday and carries through Wednesday in San Francisco. The McLean, Virginia-based company makes a sensor that you thread into a port on your water heater. The sensor measures the change in energy caused by the continual heating and dissipation of that heat inside the tank, and is connected to a Wi-Fi module that sits on top of the tank.
From that information it can track how much…
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