Where is most of the money in your energy bill going to? It's not using your laptop or the lights: it's heating. The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that 62% of household energy consumption goes to heating, whether that's heating rooms or heating water.
Many homes in the United States are still reliant on gas-powered water heaters, making heating water the second-largest consumer of natural gas in homes. This means that a significant amount of methane is burned just to provide hot showers and clean dishes, adding a large amount of harmful greenhouse gases to the atmosphere in the process. The other popular alternative is electric heat, which removes harmful gases, but doesn't make any efficiency improvements.
However, there is a cleaner, more environmentally friendly alternative available that is both easy to use and cost-effective: the heat pump water heater. By utilizing proven technology, this innovative system ensures hot water while minimizing energy consumption.
How Heat Pump Water Heaters Work
A heat pump water heater operates by extracting heat from the surrounding air and transferring it to a hot water tank, functioning similarly to how a vacuum collects dirt. The heated water is then distributed throughout the home, providing hot water wherever it is needed (showers, dishwashers, sinks, etc.).
The key takeaway is that heat pump water heaters can be three times more efficient than conventional water heaters.
Heat Pump Benefits:
- Cost: By combining a heat pump water heater with your home's solar power, utility bills can be significantly reduced.
- Efficiency: Heat pump water heaters are three times more efficient compared to traditional models.
- Safety: Unlike gas water heaters that rely on open flames, heat pump water heaters do not require on-site combustion, enhancing safety. Switching to a heat pump water heater offers multiple advantages, including improved safety, enhanced efficiency, and reduced costs. To take advantage of this technology, you can explore the 30% tax credit up to $2,000 for heat pump water heaters in the Inflation Reduction Act or search for available incentives in your area.
QuitCarbon can make it easy for you to electrify your home. We offer a free "Electrification Plan" which will detail the next steps for installing a heat pump water heater and other electric appliances in your home. From there, QuitCarbon can connect you with trusted contractors that will get the job done right.