Save up to 50% with an ENERGY STAR heat pump water heater
Are you spending too much on hot water? There’s actually a very simple three-step test to find out:
Step 1: Find your hot water heater.
Step 2: Look for the blue ENERGY STAR logo.
Step 3: Make a nice sandwich.
Okay, so really this whole test hinges on Step 2. If you saw an ENERGY STAR logo, congratulations! You’re using an energy efficient water heater that’s saving you money. If you didn’t, then it’s time to put down that ham-on-rye and do something about it.
Why efficiency matters
Unless you’re the cold-shower type, your hot water can account for as much as 12% of your total energy bill each month. And, really, it’s about a lot more than showers—dishwashers and washing machines also use their fair share, and none of that accounts for water leaks or water heaters set higher than they need to be.
The good news is that water heaters have come a long way when it comes to efficiency. In fact, an ENERGY STAR-certified heat pump water heater can save you more than 50% on your water heating costs. For a family of four, that could be as much as $3500 over its lifetime.
Not too shabby, right? But how do you know if you can make the upgrade?
Find out if you qualify
Fortunately for all of us, ENERGY STAR has published a handy guide to help you figure out if you’d be a good candidate for a shiny new water heater. The questions aren’t exactly intuitive, so here they are up front to help you prepare:
- Do you currently have an electric water heater?
- Is your water heater located in a room where the air temperature is greater than 40 degrees Fahrenheit year-round? Is that room also at least 100 square feet, or somewhere that can be fitted with louvered doors or ducts? (We warned you: These questions ain’t easy!)
- Does your water heater location have at least a six-foot-high ceiling for a household of five or fewer? Or, if your household has six or more people, is your ceiling at least seven feet high?
- Does your water heater have access to at least one of the following?
- Floor drain
- Utility sink
- Sump pump
- Existing drain pipe / line
- Outside (for locations that are above freezing all year long)
If you answered yes to all these questions, you’re a great candidate for a heat pump water heater. But no matter how you answered, we encourage you to take the test yourself.
Incentive to make the switch
We think energy efficient heat pump water heaters are the greatest thing since sliced bread. (We have pretty specific interests.) We believe in them so much, in fact, that we offer rebates to make it even easier for you to make the upgrade.
Really, does it get much better? You can save up front on the water heater, then save over time on your energy bill. So what are you waiting for? Start your application today.