Heat Pump Water Heaters
Would you like to cut your water heating energy costs by up to 60%? Upgrade to a heat pump water heater, which is twice as efficient as a standard electric water heater.
Heat pump water heaters use electricity to move heat from the air and transfer it, at a higher temperature, into the tank to heat the water. Our Heat Pump Water Heater Program provides rebates and quality assurance to PUD customers who install qualified models.
Save Energy & Money
- A heat pump water heater has a unique control panel that offers more flexibility than a standard electric water heater. You can easily set the temperature and change operation modes to maximize efficiency.
- Rather than generating heat directly, the heat pump water heater saves energy by moving heat from the surrounding air into the water in the tank.
- Dial in efficiency. Guests staying over? Going on vacation? The control panel on a heat pump water heater allows you to choose the setting that best fits your needs.
- Receive a tax credit. Heat pump water heaters installed between December 31, 2017, and December 31, 2020, are eligible for a federal tax credit.
- Tier 1 – $300 rebate. Tanks can be installed by a homeowner or a participating installer.
- Tier 2 or Tier 3 – $600 rebate. Tanks can be installed by a homeowner or a participating installer.
- Heat pump water heaters must meet efficiency requirements. View a list of qualified models.
- Heat pump water heaters may be installed in newly constructed homes or replace an existing electric storage water heater.
Things to Consider – All Heat Pump Water Heaters
- Space – Heat pump water heaters require 1,000 cubic feet of air-flow around them. This is the equivalent of a 10’x10’x10′ space.
- Sound – Heat pump water heaters generate sounds similar to an electric fan. Consider if this noise can be heard from your bedroom.
- Cold air – While in operation, heat pump water heaters release cool, dry air into the surrounding space.
- Size – Heat pump water heaters are slightly larger than standard electric water heaters.
- Ducting – Some heat pump water heaters will be installed in a location that will require ducting to the outside.
Things to Consider – Tier 2 and Tier 3 Tanks
To vent or not to vent? Tier 2 and Tier 3 heat pump water heaters can be vented directly to the outside so that they do not cool the air around the water heater. If a Tier 2 or Tier 3 tank is not vented, it may require at least 1,000 cubic feet of air space. This is roughly equivalent to a 10’x10’x10′ room.
We partner with Efficiency Services Group (ESG) to bring you this rebate program. Call ESG at (888) 883-9879 or email ESG to start your project.