Tips for water heater efficiency
A water heater plays a vital daily role in your home, delivering hot showers, loads of laundry and clean dishes. It’s usually also the second-highest energy consumer in your home.
Use these water heating tips to make sure you’re as comfortable and efficient as you can be.
Need a new water heater?
A heat pump water heater are the most efficient and you may quality for special offers and incentives.
Cut costs by up to 60%
If you have an electric water heater, you could save hundreds of dollars every year by switching to a heat pump water heater.* They’re the most efficient water heaters you can buy.
Most qualify for instant discounts from Energy Trust of Oregon, which could make your final cost lower than a standard water heater. And be sure to check for any special offers that could save you even more.
Sizing is important to efficient operation. Use this guide to help select the right heat pump water heater for you.
*Source: Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance. Individual circumstances may vary.
Heat pump water heaters:
- Are slightly larger than standard electric water heaters
- Sound similar to an air conditioner (sound level varies by model)
- Produce condensate (water), which is drained or pumped out of the home
- Offer maximum energy savings when located in an unheated space such as a garage
- Generally require a 10’x10’x10’ room or space to allow sufficient airflow. Tier 2 and 3 models (see below), which use ducting, can be installed in confined spaces
What’s best for our climate
The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance specifies three classes of heat pump water heaters for this region: Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3.
Qualifying models in each tier are eligible for instant discounts from Energy Trust of Oregon.
|Tier||Tank size||Installation Locations|
|Tier 1 - High efficiency||55 gallons or less||Garage (unheated)|
|Tier 2 - Higher efficiency||55 gallons or less||Garages and interior locations|
|Tier 3 - Highest efficiency||Any tank size||Garages and interior locations|