Get Rebates for Upgrading Your Water Heater

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There is no better time to replace your aging electric or natural gas water heater with an energy-efficient electric hybrid water heater, also known as a heat pump water heater.   

Utility companies in Washington are offering $500 rebates to lower the cost of buying new equipment. 

Also, under the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), you can claim a tax credit of 30 percent of the project cost of up to $2,000 for buying and installing a heat pump water heater in your Puyallup home.

Rebates capped at a maximum of $1,750 for heat pump water heaters will be available later this year and are based on household income.  

The savings do not end at rebates and tax incentives. You can save hundreds of dollars annually with a heat pump water heater.

Why Upgrade?

According to ENERGY STAR®, water heaters use about 20 percent of your home’s energy. Heat pump water heaters that earn the ENERGY STAR label are up to four times more efficient and use up to 70 percent less energy than a standard electric model.

With energy savings, rebates, and tax credits, a heat pump water heater can pay for itself in just a few years, all while reducing your carbon footprint. 

Our qualified professionals at Resicon, LLC are experts in heat pump water heaters. We maintain, repair, and install them in homes throughout the Puget Sound area. We offer heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), electrical, and plumbing solutions that keep you comfortable and safe in your Puyallup home.

Our expert team is committed to helping you save energy and money while creating a healthier environment. Call today for a free consultation.

Conventional Versus Hybrid Water Heaters

Standard tank-style water heaters, fueled by gas or electricity, are popular choices for homes across the U.S. A gas flame or electric heating element inside the tank heats the water. When you turn on a hot water tap in your home, hot water flows from the top of the water heater tank to your faucet.

As you deplete hot water in the tank, cold water automatically replenishes the supply, and the heating cycle continues. 

Electric hybrid water heaters also have a water tank to store the heated water and dispense it to your faucets. A heat pump mounted on the tank is responsible for heating the water inside. 

Heat Pump Technology

Here is how it works: A fan inside the heat pump draws air into the unit and over coils, warming the refrigerant inside them. The refrigerant passes into a compressor which increases the heat and pressure. It travels through coils wrapped around the tank, heating the water inside. The refrigerant cools off, and the heating cycle starts over.

Heat pumps move heat rather than create it, making them more efficient than standard electric and gas models. They are safer than gas-fueled systems that potentially can leak toxic carbon monoxide (CO) and methane. Electric hybrid water heaters are emissions-free. 

Hybrid systems can switch to standard electric mode when needed. In this mode, the unit generally heats water faster than using the heat pump alone. However, it is less energy efficient. 

According to Hot Water Solutions, a hybrid water heater initiative of Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), heat pump water heaters surpass standard electric models in several performance categories. Hybrid systems generally have higher recovery rates, first-hour ratings, uniform energy factors (UEF), and 10-year warranties

A recovery rate indicates how much hot water a heater can produce in one hour after being drained. The first-hour rating measures how much water the heater can deliver in an hour. The UEF is an efficiency rating. For example, it ranges from 0.93 to 0.95 for a 50-gallon standard electric water heater and 3.24 to 3.70 for a hybrid model.  

Available Rebates

Ready to save money? Visit the rebates page on our Resicon website for links to utility companies and their offers. 

Product tiers identify the efficiency level and performance features of hybrid water heaters. The higher the tier number, the better the energy efficiency. Water heaters in higher tiers also tend to be quieter and have more features than those in lower tiers. 

Utility companies limit their rebate offers to tier 3 and 4 electric hybrid water heaters. You will find a list of qualified products on their websites. 

Call the Hybrid Water Heater Experts

Let our qualified professionals at Resicon find the best hybrid water heater option for your Puyallup, WA, home. Call us at 253-625-7952 or request service online. 

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