Heating and cooling is the #1 culprit. Water heaters are typically #2 in the fuel gobbling category.
So what can you do about it? Researching fuel-efficient water heaters is a great start. I’m glad you’re here.
There is a revolutionary water heating technology on the market today that works much the same way that heat pumps do to cool your home. In fact, it’s a heat pump water heater system that I’m referring to. It reduces the energy required to heat water by as much as 50% over conventional water heating methods.
- Read more about how Heat Pump Water Heater Systems work.
It’s an exciting new technology that is very promising so seek it out in your area. Make sure that you hire qualified installers.
The HGTV 2010 Green Home is equipped with an Energy Star-qualified Rinnai tankless water heater system that is second to none. It’s a great example of fuel efficiency.
- Read more about the Rinnai tankless water heating systems installed at the HGTV 2010 Green Home. It’s a great product.
Besides the new heat pump technology there is solar, electric and natural gas water heaters. Each has it’s advantages and disadvantages.
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has a water heater efficiency table that clearly shows that the heat pump system is far above everyone else in the efficiency category. The only problem is that is not widely available yet. That will soon change. When availability increases, costs will be reduced and heat pump water heater systems may give tankless systems a run for their money.
When you look at the water heater efficiency table, you need to pay special attention to the efficiency ratings (EF). EF ratings tell the true story. But they are not the only factor that you need to consider.
I started as a home-stalker… visiting brand new homes under construction in the neighborhoods near my house. That inspired me to write about home building and home renovation projects — chronicling homes during different phases of construction from a consumer's point-of-view. Basically, the tips you'll find in my articles are a collection of checklists for what I think should (and should not) go into building or remodeling a quality home.