Heat Pump Water Heaters
What is a Heat Pump Water Heater?
Where traditional electric water heater must create heat energy, a heat pump water heater transfers it from the surrounding air—a far more efficient process. Fifty degrees in your garage may seem cold to you, but not to a heat pump.
How Does a Heat Pump Water Heater Work?
- Fans pull warmth from the air into the heat pump
- The heat is transferred to water in the storage tank
- Hot water is now ready to use and cool air is vented out
- HPWHs must have at least 700 cubic feet of free air space around the tank to work efficiently. Some tanks require more space. Please check the manufacturer's specifications before purchasing.
What are the Benefits of a Heat Pump Water Heater?
- Big savings: ENERGY STAR certified Heat Pump Water Heaters (HPWH) can save the average household approximately $228 (roughly 62%) 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!
- A smart investment: While a certified HPWH costs more upfront, the ongoing savings will recoup the difference in about three years for a typical home. Replace your aging electric water heater before it fails and start enjoying the savings right away.
- A purchase that protects the environment. 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.
A $400 rebate is available from KEC for installation of any size HPWH in new and existing, single-family homes and manufactured homes. If you are replacing an existing water heater, the old water heater must be electric. To qualify, you must be a current KEC member, complete the rebate form and return it to KEC with all required paperwork. Requests must be received within 90 days of purchase. Please allow four weeks for processing. These programs are subject to change without notice. For more information please call (208) 765-1200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.