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ENERGY ADVISER: DO LEGWORK ON HEAT PUMP WATER HEATERS


Posted: Jul 12, 2012

When your electric water heater kicks the bucket, you will want to replace it as quickly as possible. Chances are you will be more preoccupied with your next hot shower than energy-efficiency ratings. So now is the time to give water heating some thought — before it’s a crisis.

Recent studies and a new $1,000 rebate, available through Oct. 1, may persuade you to consider a heat pump water heater, a technology that has proven to save energy even in the Northwest’s cool climate.

Heat pump water heaters work like a refrigerator but in reverse, and they switch to electric resistance heating if the surrounding air gets too cold, the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance explains at Smart Water Heat. Read full article.

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What are Tiers?

Energy efficiency levels and features of heat pump water heaters vary by product tier. Higher tier products have greater efficiency and the more advanced product features.

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The higher the energy factor, the more efficient the water heater.