Regardless of federal or state subsidies, the home product marketplace continues to generate product innovation that increases efficiency and value for the energy-conscious consumer.
A. O. Smith Voltex Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heater
Voltex from A. O. Smith is the latest advancement in electric water heating. The hybrid electric design integrates heat pump technology to produce a product that is twice as efficient as a standard electric water heater. The Voltex pulls heat from the surrounding air and deposits it into the 80-gallon storage tank, allowing the heater to operate in the most efficient mode. With an Energy Factor of 2.3, the Voltex is Energy Star-qualified and tax credit eligible. (hotwater.com)
Benjamin Obdyke Cougar Ridge Vent
Benjamin Obdyke Cougar Ridge Vent, which reduces heat and moisture from the attic, is easy to work with and can be installed by hand or with a staple gun. The classic style ridge vent is made from nylon matrix technology and is almost invisible once it’s installed. It prevents rain, snow and insect infiltration. (benjaminobdyke.com)
Westinghouse Solar Instant Connect
Westinghouse Solar has launched a fully integrated “plug and play” solar panel system that can be installed without racking and panel-to-panel wiring. Instant Connect operates via a set of UL-approved electrical connectors that are integrated directly into the sides of each solar panel, allowing them to automatically plug together when mounted on the roof. The frames of the solar panels — and splices used to connect the solar panels together — provide precision alignment of the electrical connectors, completely eliminating the need to manually wire panels or struggle with custom cabling. According to Westinghouse, the new system will reduce installation costs by 50%. (