Is It Time To Invest in a Heat Pump Water Heater?
A traditional water heater works by bringing cold water into the bottom of the tank, heating it with internal elements, and then moving the heated water from the top of the unit throughout your home. A standard electric water heater typically accounts for 15-20% of your monthly home energy use.
A heat pump water heater, or HPWH, moves heat from one place to another instead of generating it directly like a standard water heater, making them up to three times more energy efficient.
In many ways, HPWHs work like refrigerators, but in reverse. A refrigerator removes heat from the inside of an enclosed space and expels that heat to the surrounding air. An HPWH takes the heat from the surrounding air and transfers it to water in an enclosed tank.
HPWHs can switch to standard electric resistance heat (which is why they’re often referred to as ‘hybrid’ water heaters) during periods of high hot water demand.
Making the Switch
There’s no arguing that an HPWH is more efficient than a standard electric water heater. Some have demonstrated savings of 50% or more. Not all homes are well suited for an HPWH, though, so before you make the switch, talk to a contractor about the things you should consider.
Special Limited-Time Rebate on HPWHs
Central Lincoln is offering an instant rebate of up to $800 on HPWHs through a special online offer. The prices listed online have already been reduced to reflect this rebate, so there is no paperwork to fill out and delivery is free. The units also qualify for a federal tax credit. For more information, visit clpud.gpconservation.com.