Heat Pump Water Heaters
Sure, you may use electricity for your computer and your TV and cooking and lighting and all kinds of appliances. But did you know that, after heating and air conditioning, the single highest energy user in your home is your water heater?
It’s true — and that means a more efficient way to heat water can make a big difference. So if it’s time to replace your water heater, it’s time to consider the benefits of a heat pump water heater — the primary benefit being savings of up to 50%, or up to $3,500 over the life of your equipment, in water heating costs.
How They Work
Heat pump water heaters work like traditional air source heat pumps that heat your home in that they don’t actually make heat: They move heat from one place to another.
In essence, a heat pump water heater is like a refrigerator in reverse. Your fridge pulls heat from inside the cabinet and puts it into the room, leaving what’s inside colder. In contrast, a heat pump water heater pulls heat from the room and brings it into a tank to heat water.
Why Heat Pump Water Heaters Are Great
One word: Savings. They’re real, and really big. Using a heat pump water heater can cut the energy you use to heat water in half — and that adds up to a whole lot of saving over time. And a significant rebate from Power Moves and your local electric co-op can save you up front, as well. And don’t forget to check with your tax advisor about federal or state tax credits.
Is a Heat Pump Water Heater for You?
Maybe! There are certain space and room temperature factors required for installation of a heat pump water heater. The ENERGY STAR Water Heater Replacement Guide has lots of good information to get you started. You can also find and compare water heaters — and qualified installation contractors — in the ENERGY STAR database.
Or contact your local co-op energy advisor. We’ll help you decide whether this or another option will work best for your home and your budget.