A hybrid water heater can save you between $160 and $490 annual with a hybrid heater. That adds up to between $1,320 and $5,560 in lifetime savings. According to the Department of Energy hybrid water heaters can use up to 63% less energy than traditional electric water heaters.
July 31, 2018
Hybrid Hot Water Heaters: More Hot Water, Lower Energy Bills

Your water heater is one of the most inefficient appliances in your home. An electric water heater accounts for an average of 18 percent of your electric bill, according to Energy.gov. In fact, a water heater uses more electrical energy than your refrigerator, dishwasher, clothes washer and dryer combined. There has got to be a better way to get into hot water, right?

There is. Heat pump water heaters—also called “hybrid” hot water heaters—are a new, energy-efficiency-improved type of electric water heater. According to the Department of Energy hybrid water heaters can use up to 63% less energy than traditional electric water heaters.

How does a hybrid water heater work?

Rather than generating their own heat like a traditional electric water heater, hybrid water heaters “pump” heat from one place to another. Your refrigerator keeps things cool by pulling heat from inside and distributing it into the air in your kitchen. A hybrid water heat reverses this, pulling heat from the surrounding air and pumping it, at a higher temperature, into a tank to heat water.

During periods of high hot water use, a hybrid hot water heater can switch to standard electric heating mode automatically. You can set the unit to switch over at a predetermined volume. Or you can simply set it to remain at the regular heat pump mode, which is the most energy efficient mode for daily use.

Here is an example that will ring true to many on Cape Cod. Say you have summer guests who decide to shower at the same time in different bathrooms while you are also running the dishwasher. With a hybrid hot water heater you can switch to “high-demand” mode to ensure plenty of hot water, then switch back to hybrid mode to reduce energy consumption.

How does a hybrid water heater work?

The government Energy Star program estimates that, depending on the size of your family, a hybrid water heater can save you between $160 and $490 annual with a hybrid heater. That adds up to between $1,320 and $5,560 in lifetime savings. A larger family may save even more. Hybrid water heaters also have a lifespan of about 13 to 15 years, which is longer than conventional electric water heaters, making them a great investment. To calculate what your specific energy saving for a hybrid water heater might be, check out the Department of Energy’s estimation guide.

On top of the ongoing energy savings, the Mass Save energy rebate program is offering up to $750 in rebates if you replace a regular electric water heater with a qualified heat pump water heater of 55 gallons or less. (The rebate is $150 if you install a hybrid of more than 55 gallons.)

A hybrid hot water heater is a great way to ensure you will plenty of hot water while sharply reducing your energy bills. If you are interested in learning more about this exciting new technology call us at (508) 388-1009. We’d be glad to go into more detail about how a hybrid water heater can keep your family in plenty of hot water, while cooling off rising energy costs.

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