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Meet the water heater of the future

By Berit Griffin April 4, 2014

Chances are you and your family members shower at around the same time each day. Yet, most water heaters function by keeping 40-80 gallons of water warm 24 hours per day, requiring a considerable amount of energy usage over time.

If you see the flaw in the way our water is heated, you are too late to do anything about it. Two inventors in Illinois already have.

Sridhar Deivasigamani and Siva Akasam, both just 39, have created the Nest learning thermostat of water heaters. It’s called Intellihot. Where traditional water heaters feature a large tank heated by a small flame, Intellihot has a small tank and large flame.

But here’s where things really get cool: Like Nest and other smart home technology, Intellihot observes behavior patterns. When it recognizes you and your family normally begin showing around 6:45 a.m., it begins to consistently heat water shortly before that time each day.

We know what you’re thinking: Why didn’t I think of that?!

Intellihot retails for about $3,500-$4,500. You can learn more about its functionality and availability here.