Resideo Technologies, a provider of solutions for energy management, home comfort, security and safety, announced a partnership with A. O. Smith, one of the world's largest manufacturers of water heaters, to help customers reduce demand on the electric grid during peak times.

Resideo Grid Services manages "bring your own device" demand response programs on behalf of more than 27 U.S. utilities, retail energy providers and energy markets to help reduce peak energy use through connected devices such as smart thermostats, electric vehicle chargers, cellular switches and now A.O. Smith heat pump water heaters.

"Resideo has one of the largest DERMS (distributed energy resource management system) of residential loads in the industry, and with the addition of A. O. Smith we can offer a more complete, whole home solution," said Dave Oberholzer, general manager of Resideo Grid Services. "By enabling control over more devices in the home, Resideo Grid Services can apply advanced analytics to maintain customer comfort and deliver maximum demand reduction for utility clients."

Where incentives are available in the U.S., eligible A. O. Smith customers with a capable hybrid electric heat pump water heater can be rewarded by participating in peak demand reduction programs.

"A. O. Smith's Demand Response API for our water heaters compliments Resideo's existing thermostat Energy Efficiency service making it easier to connect smart heat pump and electric water heater devices to the service," said Ralph Perez, senior product manager for A. O. Smith. "This new collaboration helps to further reduce energy expenditures in the home, saving energy, reducing cost and allowing customers to reduce their carbon footprint." 

According to A. O. Smith, its Voltex Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heater can significantly reduce water heating costs through an innovative design that pulls environmental heat while dehumidifying and cooling the ambient air. The company’s heat pumps, which adhere to the ANSI/CTA-2045 standard and are part of this integration, are the state-of-the-art HPTS-50, HPTS-66 and HPTS-80 models, along with the HPTU-50N, HPTU-66N, and HPTU-80N models. The A. O. Smith participating water heater brands include American, Reliance, Lochinvar and State Water Heaters.