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GE's New Water Heater Could Kill 30 Coal Plants

Y'know what's dumb...until today, Energy Star didn't regulate water heaters at all. They're the most energy-hungry single appliance in the home, and are responsible for about 17% of residential energy use. But because of tramadol sale a lack of consensus on how they should be regulated, and resistance from industry, their efficiency went completely unregulated.

{digg}{/digg}Well, that all changed today. Along with the announcement that the new standards will save Americans hundreds of billions of dollars per year, comes two new water heaters from GE that will, of course, meet the new standards.

The first is available now. It's a tankless heater that provides hot water only when you need it. The result is an unlimited supply of hot water, and about 25% less energy use per gallon of hot water produced.

The second is even more exciting, though, unfortunately, it won't be available until 2009. GE is calling it a "hybrid electric" water heater, I suppose hoping to capitalize on the excitement surrounding hybrid electric vehicles. But it is a kind of hybrid. The water heater first uses a heat pump to bring the water up to the temperature of order viagra no perscription the ambient air. Then the electric water heater takes over, bringing the water up to 140 degrees F.

This new design is more than 50% more efficient than previous water heaters. If every home in America had one right now, we would need 30 fewer coal-fired power plants! Every home that installs one will see their yearly power bills drop up to $250.

Because the generic cialis next day delivery new device uses a heat exchanger, it will actually make your furnace work harder during the winter. But in the summer, and in warm climates, it will actually help cool your house!

This is exactly the kind of technology we need to hold us over until renewables take over for coal. GE's got a video featuring the new devices online if you'd like to check it out.

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My luck
written by Bill, April 02, 2008
Great, and I just installed a new conventional GE water heater last month! :( A good way to save in the meantime is to install a heat trap ($20) and insulate your pipes!
written by Magnulus, April 02, 2008
In Edinburgh, those hybrid heaters won't help much, as we have winter from november to the end of April, but that tankless one is the kind of heater that makes me very annoyed that I live in an old flat that I'm not allowed to do ANYTHING with.

Unless I could legally force my land lord to change that ancient thing we have at the moment.
written by Erik, April 03, 2008
I have looked into the electric demand water heaters, Bosch makes one. The Bosch model consumes 19,200 watts in use, requires a separate service, and 8 gage cable (think truck battery cable size). Pretty long time to payback with the high installation cost.

The GE "hybrid" looks interesting.
Gas Heaters
written by josh, April 03, 2008
I don't know about you guys, but where I'm from a lot of people use natural gas heaters. They do tankless versions, which are more efficient than the best quality levitra traditional tanks. The big thing is that natural gas heaters are already more efficient than electric ones, especially when your electricity comes from coal.
written by ljd, April 03, 2008
And better than that, supplement it with a solar water heater...
written by AndyM, April 03, 2008

The way I read the article, the heat exchanger would be inside the house. As such, I don't think it to be any great benefit in the winter. However, here in South Carolina come August...

written by Drew, April 03, 2008
The first one seems like a standard gas water heater that I've been using for the last 12 years at least. (This one the last 2 So I can't see what the big deal is. One gas heater per area that needs it.
No Gas
written by Chris, April 03, 2008
Unfortunately my neighborhood has no gas in it so a gas based tankless heater is out of the question. I'll have to wait for the hybrid unit next year and discount generic cialis hope that it won't cost an arm and a leg.
written by Shaun, April 03, 2008
Were building a new house and putting in two of the tankless. Our neighborhood also does not have nat gas so we are putting in a 500 gal propane tank.

written by Jason Stone, April 03, 2008
If you can't wait until 2009, you'll want to look at A.O. Smith's VERTEX. The tank based system is 90% efficient vs. a tankless efficiency of 84%. It was developed in conjunction with the Department of Energy. Green-celebrity Ed Bagley, Jr. is a big fan as is Jay Leno who put one in his massive garage. I'm testing one in my own home for use in our future home projects. I can't comment on the utility reduction yet since it's brand-spanking new (I'm told I'm the first to own one in St. Louis, MO), but I'm happy to share soon.

You can read more about the Vertex at
Cost vs Savings
written by Gordon, April 04, 2008
It would be nice to know what the cost would be. I am sure they are stressing the uk viagra sales savings as an offset for the higher cost. The issue is not only the payback time, but the NPV.
Tankless Already Exists
written by josh, April 04, 2008
You can find electric and gas tankless heaters on Home Depot's and Lowe's websites. I'm not that great at math, so I'm not sure how much they save overall, but they are much more efficient than the old water heaters. We have very hard water, so water heaters, washers, etc. go out sooner, I'm not sure how a tankless one would hold up.
How much?
written by Mark, April 05, 2008
It would be nice to get an estimate cost on the 2009 (4th qtr) hybrid unit.
Hank Green Follower
written by Seth Murphy, April 05, 2008
I'm currently installing a Bradford & White 75 gallon natural gas water heater and a Heliodyne Solar Hot Water Panel to pre-heat the water. The goal is to get down to 10 therms (100,000 British Thermal Units per therm) of natural gas per month at a rate of $1.30 per therm or $13 per month. I'm aiming for as many free BTU's per month from the sun as possible with natural gas as my back up. Personally, I prefer NG, as 38% of local electricity in Northern Washington is still coming from coal fired plants.

Check out Paul Scheckel's great book "The Home Energy Diet" for great ways to reduce your hot water costs and carbon footprint now or in the future with the new GE system.

Speaking of which, if the new GE system can be tied into a solar hot water system it should be a real win all around -- especially if your local power company is burning something other than coal.
written by Bob Wallace, April 06, 2008
I've been using Bosch/Aquastar propane tankless heaters for the last 18 years or so. Based on casual comparisons with someone using a propane fired tank type heater I'm using about half the gas.

Bosch states in their literature that hard water is not a problem for tankless heaters.
written by lawstud, April 06, 2008
why bother with electricity for instant hot water. Natural gas is a lot cheaper in CA. Considering electricity in CA one of the largest markets in America tiers the generic levitra europe use. The more electricity the exponentially higher cost to pay. the last thing I want is some more electrical appliances to push the bill much higher.
Gas Water Heaters
written by Tony P, April 06, 2008
Here's the issue though. National Grid here in RI is already asking for a distribution rate increase because people are using less gas.

This means any savings are pretty much moot.
written by Go Solar, April 06, 2008
you could always go 120% solar with ENERGY CONVERSION DEVICES, INC Solar PV Shingles.
The Other Screw/Nut ...., Low-rated comment [Show]
written by busybee, April 06, 2008
Whoa! I didn't see that coming!
No thanks
written by David V, April 06, 2008
If this is going to be like the flush toilet that I have to flush twice, the shower head that takes twice as long to get you clean, or the auto AC that I have to turn all the way up to get the same effect, it's going to use more energy, not less.

When will people learn that government coercion tends to have a nasty side-effect?
legal force ?
written by PauPer, April 06, 2008
"Unless I could legally force my land lord to change"

Hey mag., what do you mean by "legal force" ??
would you have guys in suits send the only for you buy now levitra Owner an order, if not followed, guys will come with guns and throw him in a cage? Is your building under mob protection or gov't gunmen? Is there a difference? heres an idea: buy your own building!!!

Davids smart:
"When will people learn that government coercion tends to have a nasty side-effect?"

Peace Out,

Switch to Electric????
written by Bob, April 06, 2008
Are you telling me that if I switch my natural gas water heater for an electric one, I'll help save electricity? Retarded. Most water heaters are natural gas. Everyone should NOT switch.

Electricity is one of the most inefficient ways to heat water. Electricity is about 12 cents per kWh here (3,412.14 BTU), and natural gas is billed at $1.18 per therm (100,000 BTU). So electricity costs 3.52 cents per 1,000 BTU and natural gas costs 1.18 cents per 1,000 BTU. Electricity costs twice as much.

Even if you're not concerned with cost, and you are just concerned with global warming, coal fired power plants emit about 2.1 pounds of CO2 for every kWh of electricity they generate (0.62 pounds per 1,000 BTU). Natural gas releases about 0.39 pounds per 1,000 BTU.

VERDICT: Electric water heaters are horrible for the environment and it's cool cialis for women your wallet when natural gas is available.
written by peter, April 06, 2008
no, you don't switch to electric if you have gas. and tankless is an established and proven technology. it's 30 years in japan and eu. only USA likes to ignore stuff that works.
So, what else is new?
written by Lupin, April 06, 2008
The heat pump version won't be available until 2009? Where have you been the last 20 years, USA?? We (living in Austria, Europe) have a heat pump installed for nearly 15 years now. And while the really efficient season is only 6 to 7 month, we still managed to cut oil consumption nearly in half (still used for heating during winter).

Now imagine you'd use such a system in regions, where you don't have -15°C winters. You could use it all around the year and would take 80% of the energy needed out of "thin air". The technology is available at least since the beginning of the 90s, if you had wanted to.
Tankless Heaters
written by Matt, April 06, 2008
If you buy a tankless heater and it tells you it makes 7gpm it is usually based on a 40 to 50 degree rise in temperature. Realistically it is much closer to an 80 degree rise in temperature giving you about 3 or 4 gpm. In that situation the water will be warm with just one fixture running but if you were using the shower and another faucet was opened you would get cold water. A decent unit for a 3 or 4 bedroom house is about $1100 wholesale
written by voxelman, April 06, 2008
Our 2300 sqft home in Iowa, built in 2003, has a geothermal heat pump that suppliments the hot water heating during both winter and summer. Our average electrical bill (the house is all electric) is $150/month. The geothermal system cost an additional $5000 after rebates.
efficiency at gunpoint
written by Adam, April 06, 2008
Y'know what's dumb...until today, people still thought that having the government regulate all aspects of our lives was a good thing.
Too little too late
written by Joe doe, April 06, 2008
We needed this 30 years ago.

Also water heaters are not so simple as this article make them seem.

For instance a gas or oil powered hot water heater is ALREADY 30% more efficient than an electric. Fossil fuels may run very inefficient in cars, but the are actually perfectly fine for heating water or boilers or hot water heaters.

Likely this articles compares their on demand services to other low efficiency electric water heaters, which are the worst case scenario.

A HUGE problem with on demand is that while you save money per gallon EVERYONE who gets an on demand hot water heat will use more hot water than they did when their supply was limited.

The best way to save on hot water is to take faster shows, take few baths, turn down the temp of the water heater, insulate the water heater and only wash on warm or cold water.

Beyond that, you should go for SOLAR THERMAL hot water heating, not ON DEMAND which leads to people using more hot water since the supply becomes unlimited.

Even further beyond that geo-thermal is a great way to save money, coupled with solar thermal hot water heating you can save a lot on cooling and heater and basically get hot water for free. a bunch to get half price hot water or.... pay a bunch to get solar powered water for free or nearly free during low sun.

Heat storage is not a new idea either and more houses should be using the idea in their basic designs and real viagra pharmacy prescription heating system.

You can heat LARGE tanks of water during the day, and since water holds heat well it's basically natures battery (for heat). The residual heat can warm keep water temps up all night long.

Energy prices are only going up, sunlight will remain free. At this point most US homes can save the MOST money on hot water using solar thermal, not on demand or energy efficient water heaters.

For the truly cheapest high powered solution a wood fired boiler can heat your water and home for many times less than electric or fossil fuels.

However, the future will be bio diesel, so oil fired boilers aren't that bad of an idea.

In the LONG term bio diesel is more renewable than coal, oil, propane or natural gas, which will all run out.

New specialized high yield bio fuels can EASILY provide ALL domestic fuels needs without competing with cropland. Sadly we just didn't plan far enough ahead to make the transition smoothly.

So diesel, diesel fuel cells and straight solar electric and solar thermal are the FUELS OF THE FUTURE. Though, wood is the easiest to get free and works now.

A good wood boilers runs at 89% efficiency, only a little under the best modern oil or gas furnaces.

Waste vegetable oil is a also a valid fuel for those self motivated people.

However in the long run waste oil will have little value as it gets replaces with new biodiesel and biodiesel fuel cells.

SOo, that means free oil for the motivated and cheaper biofuel for the masses.

Like wood today, you can heat your home and hot water for nearly free, just paying the gas to pickup free wood. It takes work and tramadol saturday delivery norx a chainsaw, and most people will simply lose their homes and live on the streets before they are motivated enough to adopt cheaper fuels on their own..

Just look at the tent city peoples. It was their home loan that killed them. It was the TOTAL failure between the feds, the banks AND the home owners to acknowledge rising energy prices.

They sold them huge houses with HUGE and ever growing energy bills. Many times a large houses oil bill can be more than it's mortgage per month.

Fortunately for the overall economy we now have a way to make cheap diesel in quantities enough to supply our nation and then some.

Oil futures are going to plummet in about 5-10 years depending on if we can get federal funding on the RIGHT bio fuels, not cropland biofuels... that are stupid and produce minuscule amount of fuel.

Either way, I personally know that American's with even small lots will be able to produce their own fuel or buy from large biofuel farms in the not too distant future.

One catch... we need diesel cars or electric cars with diesel fuel cells.

However, as I said, oil futures will go down once the biofuel farms go up... the good ones.

Current crops are maybe a couple hundred barrels of oil per acre. New methods, will cost much more to stup, but are cheap to run and produce tens of thousands of barrels or more per acre.

20 Year Old Technology in a new light.
written by SteepCreek, April 06, 2008
This heat recovery "Hybrid" system has existed since before I was in college in 1988. There were installations of Geothermal Heat Pumps with a Hot water heat exchanger over 20 years ago. Do the research. Sad that it has taken this long to catch on.
You misunderstand thermal efficiency
written by colinnwn, April 06, 2008
@Jason Stone

Thermal efficiency only tells you how efficiently you convert the gas/electricity to hot water while in operation. It doesn't take into account standby losses which the AO Smith will still have, but an instantaneous won't.

Gas heater thermal efficiency has room to improve, electricity should always be in the 98% range, but you also have to take into account the order cheapest viagra online thermal efficiency of the power plant where the electricity is created, and the transmission efficiency of the power lines. That will significantly reduce the effective thermal efficiency of any electric water heater (standby or instantaneous).
written by Brandon Halbert, April 06, 2008
tankless water heaters have been around for almost ten years. mostly for people who have lots of money to spend on that kind of stuff, though it was generally available for more commercial needs. they work really really well and do save a lot of energy. but to say that this is the first is completely wrong, it isnt they have been around, they just have costed around 10,000 bucks to save 10,000 bucks in about 20 years. but now that they will be more mass produced i can see prices, obviously, dropping a lot, probably down to prices comparable to tanked water heaters.
written by doug, April 06, 2008
(1) I recall seeing a tankless gas-fired water heater a couple decades ago in a country house in Mexico. If a middle-class mexican summer house had one twenty years ago, they can't be anything special.
(2) At my old job, I used to steam-clean trucks/engines/etc. Inside the pressure washer i used, was a pipe that was coiled a couple dozen times over top a flame-shooting burner. Instant boiling water when the switch was flipped.
(3) Therefore, since tankless hot water is old technology, I'm wondering why we have we used tanks all these years? I'm sure there must be some good reason....?
written by David Greiman, April 06, 2008
Congrats GE. With Jack Welsh gone, maybe we'll see more innovations.
solar is usually better
written by xoc, April 06, 2008
Any form of electrically heated hot water is terribly wasteful. Heat exchanger based systems are ok, but gas is still better, and solar-thermal is better still.

Solar hot water makes so much sense that unless you live somewhere extremely cold and cloudy for most of the year, it should be a crime against the environment to not use it. If necessary, supplement with gas powered on-demand systems, but for most people on Earth it wont be necessary.
New? You're kidding....
written by Michael, April 06, 2008
For folks like me living outside the cialis canada generic USA, it's really quite scary to watch such pronouncements, from the country that uses about three quarters of the worlds resources,of 'new' ways to heat water that we've been using for as long as I can remember (I'm not young, so that's quite a while). Things like 'hot water on demand' heaters have been normal here for decades and genuine viagra online without prescription 'heat pump' heaters for not quite as long.
Long ago people here have been moving to solar as well as various other 'passive' ways to save hot water. And the thought that until now there has been no regulations to do with efficiency - sheesh!
I guess if you live in a country where you use resources like there's no tomorrow without thought of the consequence, both short and long term, then announcements such as these ones from GE must look exciting. But to the rest of us they look old hat and bordering on irresponsible.
written by Michael, April 06, 2008
After my last somewhat caustic comments I should say to Hank - anyone who spends time exploring/documenting environmental issues to help us get out of the mess we've gotten ourselves into, deserves a vote of thanks.
So thanks Hank.
GE Late to the Party?
written by hrez, April 06, 2008
Both tankless and heat pump water heaters have been available for some time in the US, GE seems to be playing catch-up. The only news here seems to be that water heaters are coming under government jurisdiction.

Ecogeek doesn't seem very well informed about energy-efficient appliances.

Simpler and cheaper solutions
written by Oren, April 07, 2008
Remember that the real goal is not to heat water. The goal is to have a shower that feels good.

Check out this energy efficient shower:

Heat loss is minimized so that less water at lower temperature still feels comfortable. Cheaper. Simpler. No fancy (and expensive) heater with heat pumps and heat exchangers.
written by QDM, April 07, 2008
For those so interested in natural gas over coal. The majority of the world's natural gas is in Iran and Russia. We may not want to depend too heavily on natural gas.

The US has more coal than any other country, and we are the veritable Saudia Arabia of coal.
And yet, it is still built wrong
written by grr, April 10, 2008
I find it funny that I was suggesting a similar design to my father over a decade ago, and he told me that it would not be worth it. What they are missing is that with a bit of a CPU and intelligence, they could monitor the household and increase the holding tank temp AHEAD of the expected use. So, if it detects that family is getting up at 6, it might raise the temp from 65 (temp in the basement), to 90. Then from there, for the next hour or so, it keeps it up higher. Once the demand has gone down, it simply allows the heat to go away. This lowers the levitra in uk total demand, or allows for more ppl to take showers before going cold.
Hybrid water heater available since 2006
written by bw, April 16, 2008
Grand hall sells the hybrid water heater now. So no need to wait until late 2009 for GE.

$2499 for a 3.6-7.4 gallon per minute unit (retail price, wholesale plumber installation price varies)
$2799 for a 4.7-9.5 gallon per minute unit
written by Mike B, April 26, 2008
There is a problem with the tankless units, though it crops up more if many of them are installed in the same area. While it saves energy overall, the biggest issue is that they use a lot of power in a short amount of time. Since a lot of people tend to take showers or use hot water at the same time (early morning before work/school after dinner for dishes, etc), then the power company can see huge spikes in peak consumption which require delicate loading and even distribution.

Not an issue as a few homes convert, but if a new development goes up and all the homes have this installed, then it could create some issues.
Is Ecogeek sponsored by GE?
written by stacey, May 30, 2008
To sing the praises of an electric water heater is crazy unless you don't have natural gas as an option. Electric heating water isn't efficient nor the most eco-friendly option. This story was obviously generated by a GE press release.
Hybrid would be more efficient than pure
written by Russ, July 17, 2008
The GE is a combination of heat pump and resistence heating. The heat pump uses electricity but it uses it to move the heat from the air to the water. Moving heat is much more efficient than creating heat with electricity. The GE is a hybrid because it also has an electric resistence element for heating. The more you use this heating element, the less efficient it would be, but I think the intention of the heating element is to merely supplement the it's great! levitra 20 mg heat pump. This unit will be best for warm climates as it will output cool, dehumidified air from the heat pump.
Hybrid / Heat Pump Water Heaters Work
written by Gary, September 14, 2008
I installed a heat pump on my water heater two month ago & it works great. I live in Hawaii with my water heater in the garage so I'm in the ideal place for this technology. These will also work in cooler climates but I'm not sure how well if it was placed inside the house since the noise might be offensive & the cooling in the house might need to heated in the winter.

I put a meter on the unit and use less that 2 KWH per day or about 15% of the 13 KWH rated usage. I've turned off the breaker to the Elec heater and havn't had any problems. My unit is called a Airtap ($500) but others are available on the market.
written by David Wang, October 17, 2008
Finally, a Big name brand is jumping into the Heat Pump Water Heater Market, with a fully intergated unit no less! Other companies (i.e. AERS and Airgenerate) already have heat pump water heater addon units to be used with regular tank water heaters. I was thinking about getting one of those, but if this is true then I'd be willing to wait until Q4 2009 to get a fully integrated unit that is easier to install.
Electric vs. gas water heaters
written by Greg Riley, January 07, 2009
So I've read alot about how gas water heaters are more efficient and consequently cheaper than electric. Yet I'm still thinking an electric WH will be cheaper than gas for my situation and here's why. Here in the great state of Georgia, we deregulated natural gas in 1997. The short story is we pay fees to have the gas delivered via pipe line to the house and fees to purchase the gas. Depending on the month, these fees can be as high as $46/mo. to a low of $26/mo. even if you use zero CCF of natural gas. The only gas appliances in my house are the furnance, gas fireplace and cheapest cialis price the water heater. So during the summer months, the only gas appliance requiring gas is the water heater. If I had an electric water heater and cancelled my gas service for the 6 months when gas was not needed, I believe I could save about $100/yr. This includes a reconnect fee of $50. Using 2007 data, I've calculated an expenditure of $291 in fees, taxes and gas during the months that I propose turning off the service. That's a chunk of change that could be used for electric water heating. Obviously this only works if there are no other gas appliances that are needed during the summer months, i.e. gas range. So is gas cheaper? Not always.
Lift up your eyes...
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Looks good, but need more info
written by sutton, February 12, 2009
For all you who claim all electric appliances are bad, here is the way I see it:

Units (BTU, kWh, therms, whatever)

Electric: 100 units X 0.45 eff. at power plant (though 50% plants are popping up and 60 has been reached) X 92.5% (transmission line losses) 2.2 (EF of GE heat pump water heater)= 91.6

Gas: 100 units X .99 (pipeline losses) * .84 (most tankess water heaters, though some can reach 96.6%) = 83.2

So looking at that, you can't call this a bad technology.

Cost: Will vary pending on where you are, but where I'm at, electricity is a smidge over $.08/kWh and NG is $1.53/therm and since .08 x 29.3 kwh/therm = $2.34/therm of electric, a more noble form, of energy (it is possible thermodynamically to get effeciencies of over 100% when going from electric to heat, but will never reach 100% when going from heat to electric energy). When you combine that with th eff. above your cost per unit energy becomes very close.

All that said, I would much rather have a house that did not have gas lines running to it. Rather not have a gas bill. Rather produce as much off of solar energy as possible. So as many of you have said already, Solar thermal is the way to go.

I recently went to a conference where they said this heat pump water heater is expected to be around $1500. BUt the speaker also said that this heater is supposed to know when to use heat pump vs. electric resistance heat, but he would not go into details. According to this site, they said when it gets to ambient temp. To me, that makes no sense as you can still get an EF of over 1 when you reached ambient temp. Can anyone with insight tell me how the brains of this machine works? A solar preheat would make no sense with a heat pump water heater if the temp is coming in at 75F and the heat pump kicks off at 70F in leiu of the electrical element.
heat pump water heater that works!
written by Chip Curtis, June 23, 2009
All, I look forward to the GE unit but have been a long time proponent of the technology. You might find this product interesting and we have just begun marketing the 3rd generation. you can buy directly from my company if you like please inquire.
written by Uncle B, August 26, 2009
This is a very "Middle Class America' item, and the Uber-Rich have us on the run! Is it imported from Asia? Who is going to buy Shiite like this when we are all down in "Hooverville" How do you hook one up in a tent city? Some-one should point out that forclosed, unemployed Americans no longer buy stuff to fill the herbal viagra Uber-Rich purses, and they should market this in China, where the jobs and paychecks are, not here in Shanty town U.S.A.
How about in cold basement?
written by Charlie, September 22, 2009
I live in the cold Northeast. My basement is only 68 degrees in the summer and in the 50's in the winter. Will the heat pump technology make sense for homeowners like me?
Energy savings much lower in the colder North. ? high breakdown rate.
written by Charlie, October 09, 2009
If you live in the South, get it as soon as you you need to replace your elecric hot water heater. Maybe even a little bit sooner if you want to take advantage of the government rebate for one third of the heater and installation costs.
But if you live in colder Northeast, Midwest and Rocky Mountain States your energy and generic levitra without prescription cost savings are going to be much less. Probably on the order of 50% less or more. That's just because the heat pump has to take the heat out of the air. And in cool basements there is just not that much heat to remove for much of the year. The standard electrical heating element will probably do most of the work then. Rheem seems to acknowledge this a little more than GE, but you still have to scroll down to the lower part of their product description to see that different "zones" in the country will have different energy savings:
In a field test in Connecticut with (non-GE) heat pump units, only 6 out 15 households found a cost savings, and this was during a 9 month period that included all of the warm months, but only half of the cold months in a year:

Also, even though this technology has been around for a long time, add on heat pump water heater units have had a high break down rate. At that field test in Connecticut, 4 of the 15 units broke down before 9 months.
GE does guarantee parts for 10 years, but labor for only one. Hopefully they have a more reliable unit than other companies have made.
Copper Miner
written by Randy DeVinney, December 01, 2009
Interestingly, the 15-year cost of ownership for either a heat pump water heater or an instant unit is about the same as a regular electric water heater. The best way to save is insulate hot water pipes, use a high efficiency washer (expensive) and water saving shower heads (inexpensive). If you don't want to spend hundreds on a new washer, buy cold water detergent and use cold water for laundry. That will save more energy than a solar water heater.
BPI Certified Building Analyst and Envelope Technican
written by Dirk, January 15, 2010
Like most things this is a complicated issue.
I refer to the Hybrid Heat Pump Water Heater. There are many factors that enter the equation to determine the value of this unit. Cost of fuel, which many refer to. The effect of subtracting heat from the surrounding area in which the unit is working. Dehumidifying the air (generally a good thing). The longevity of the unit (some claim there have been problems with this technology). How the install is done (insulating the buy viagra pills hot water feed pipes. Tax incentives (Fed & State & local) -- here in Maine we have a state incentive of a flat $250 off the top. Add the Fed 30% and perhaps more to come.
What I really want is some real world and ACCURATE numbers in actual use. I know people like to toss around numbers, but we really need the National Labs (Oak Ridge and Lawrence Berekely) to do the sound, carefully monitored tests. Until then we're more in a guessing trance.
Given all that, I have to wonder why we just wouldn't do SOLAR. The fuel source is 100% guaranteed forever (if it fails we have other more pressing problems). The longevity of evacuated tube technology is obviously very long. There's not a whole lot to fail. Of course, you need sunshine available, but that's easy to check.
I'm not rushing into the sexy and elegant GE Hybrid unit -- not until I can prove that it's efficient for me and the planet.
Note: Don't expect to get much from insulating the pipes. Natl labs have demonstrated that well insulated (emphasis on "well") pipes can contain some residual heat for no more than 1/2 hour. Better to install a heat trap at the top of the heater to prevent natural convection losses (mandatory in CA). It costs very little to do, esp during an install of a new unit. Do this in ANY case for some real 24-hour a day savings.
unfortunately... this is a lie!
written by dephcon5, February 03, 2010
these GE water heaters WILL NOT kill any coal plants. These heaters are so flimsy and wow it's great levitra canada un-reliable, the cost to recycle the heaters when they fail will ensure those coal plants run for many years, not to mention the energy used by their competitors to make a water heater that lasts more than 24 months.

(Plummer in NYC and I replace these units at least 2 a week)
Interesting and I installed a GE heat pump
written by Tom, February 22, 2010
GE water heaters are flimsy? Almost all water heaters are made in China now and all in the same factory. They just skin them to whichever manufactures order it is.

I am installing a GE heat pump (Hybrid) now. My old electric was inside the house and the heat pump unit is much bigger than my existing 40 gallon unit so I am having to remote my water line out to the garage. Would be better out there anyway as there is far more air so such heat out of.

My old standard electric unit is 25 years old and needs to be replaced anyway. I figured I would give this Hybrid unit a try. It is very similar to the Rheem since both are made in China I would expect that. The Rheem is a bit taller than my unit though.

The only complaint I have so far is the way the supply lines come out. You either have to make a plumbers rig way high to clear the viagra online deals filter for removal or turn the heater sideways. In a large room or garage this is not an issue but in a smaller space it could be.

I should finish it up tonight and will see how it goes.
Heat traps; and Made in ??
written by John, February 26, 2010
A few people have mentioned heat traps. My understanding was that most water heaters have this built-in already? But it is below the top insulation, so not visible. I didn't install a heat trap in 1999 when I replaced mine, thinking it had one. And I have peeled back the pipe insulation when hot water hasn't been used for a while and find both In & Out pipes seem to be about room temperature.

And GE says they will start building them in USA in 2011.

Finally, Charlie asks if it will work in his 50 degree basement. The above page says it functions as a heat pump down to 45, then switches to electrical resistance.

I am tempted by this style of water heater, but leery of spending $1200+ to buy one. The payback would be 4+ years, and you might be unlucky and have it leak/break in year six, for instance. Oh, one good feature that I saw in earlier research was they run on 120V, rather than 240V. That means an emergency power source could be just 120.
Extra savings can be realized
written by Direct Vent Water Heater, March 10, 2010
One minor point to note is that on top of the 50% increase in efficiency they're claiming, they could squeeze a little more out of it by lowering the hot water delivery temperature. For every 10 degrees lower that you set your hot water heater, you can save an estimated 3%-5% on your hot water heating costs.
Industrial Heat Pumps
written by Evelyn , March 21, 2012
I'm glad that this finally happened and bestellen levitra that some companies are forward thinking enough to not let "lack of consensus" stop them from thinking about the environment. Water heaters are getting more efficient. Does anyone know if industrial heat pumps
are also being revamped to be more eco-friendly?
Rheem Gas Furnace
written by sally johnson, June 07, 2012
I have been looking at rheem gas furnaces lately. I heard great recommendations from my brother. I was wondering if anyone else had tips or comments about rheem gas furnaces?

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