One family cut their water heating bill by 76%

Real Estate Agent with Smart Green Realty

Thanks to Green Home Guide!

  1. Solar thermal: The best on energy factor however didn’t meet our budget and had to be installed on the south side of our roof which was the front of the house.  My wife didn’t like that.

  2. LP Gas tankless: The energy factor is around .94 and is consider by most to be more efficient than the LP Gas tank water heater we currently had at .63 efficiency. Honestly this was the one we thought we would go with from the start. However, I would advise you to weigh the pros and cons before purchase. We found out we would need a water softener to prolong the heat exchanger, warranty coverage, and a larger duct vent through the roof than the one we currently had. A three to four inch duct vent is required.  This added 40% to the original price quote. We also noticed a lot of false promises on true savings.

  3. Electric tankless: The energy factor was comparable to the gas instant/tankless. However we needed to upgrade our electrical panel for the install because the electric instant water heater pulls more amps than the standard tank water heater. Plus they advised us a water-softener or pre-filter would be a good idea too.

  4. Hybrid water heater: This product appealed to us because it was the most innovative and had the highest efficiency -- EF 2.35. Plus it was a lot cheaper than going thermal solar water heating. It also still qualified for the Energy Star tax credit, and was more efficient than gas instant or electric instant water heating. 

The family surpised themselves by picking the GE Hybrid! We decided to buy the hybrid, a GeoSpring Hybrid-Electric Heat-Pump Hot Water Heater.

Comments (4)

John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Zeta - This can help many families save on utility bills. Thank you for the very good list of information about to cut water heating bill by 76%.

Jun 19, 2014 10:37 AM
Bill Reddington
Re/max By The Sea - Destin, FL
Destin Florida Real Estate

I have looked into alternate sources also. Most are not cost effective in my opinion. I will check out the hybrid water heater. Had not heard of this.

Jun 25, 2014 02:26 AM
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

Zeta great tip for buyers and homeowners, going green saves in more than one way.......

Jul 24, 2014 01:44 AM
Raylene Estabrook
Signature Homes Real Estate Group - Yarmouth, ME

Thanks for sharing always nice to see options to save money.

Jul 24, 2014 11:42 PM