Heat pump water heaters are new generation water heaters after gas, electric and solar. For years, there have been few efficiency options for homeowners that have electric water heaters. That has changed, with the integration of heat pump technology to create a water heater that is more than twice as efficient as standard models.
Hybrid heat pump water heaters have four heating modes.
Wood’s Plumbing normally recommends and provides the American Water Heaters, Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Model HPSE19250H045DV100. American Water Heaters are produced by A.O. Smith. They are a little less expensive for initial cost, but still provide excellent service and dependability.
If you were to combine the energy used by a household’s refrigerator, dishwasher, clothes washer and clothes dryer, all of those appliances together would still use less energy than a standard electric water heater. Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heaters actually create more hot water than the standard electric water heater using significantly less energy.
Energy Star certified HPWHs can save a household of 3 approximately $370 per year on its electric bills compared to a standard electric water heater. Larger families, that typically use more hot water, will save even more.
While a certified HPWH costs more upfront, the savings will pay back the difference in approximately 2 years for a household of 3.
ENERGY STAR HPWH Savings Based on Household Size (ENERGY STAR DATA, www.enerystar.gov)
Assumes: Electricity Rate of 12 cents per kWh; Incremental cost = $850: 10 year lifespan
If you currently have an older electric water heater, and it is getting close to replacement time, you may want to consider a hybrid heat pump water heater. Consider this not only for the energy savings, but also for environmental purposes. According to the www.energystar.gov web site, if everyone buying an electric water heater this year chose an ENERGY STAR certified HPWH model instead of a standard model, we would avoid 19.6 billion pounds of carbon dioxide emissions. That’s the equivalent of taking 1.6 million cars off the road.
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