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Efficient Water Heating

On average, heating water comprises 10-20% of household energy usage.  Electric Heat Pump Water Heaters, Electric or Gas Tankless Water Heaters, Solar Water Heaters, and Waste Water Heat Recovery Systems are a good investment in your home.  They each help reduce the energy needed for water heating.  Significant savings and reliability can be yours by investing in one or more of these systems.  

Electric Heat Pump Water Heaters

Save up to 50% on water heating costs.  Heat pump water heaters are revolutionizing the way we heat water. Compared to traditional electric water heaters, heat pump water heaters can save up to 50% on energy costs from heating water.  

Heat pump water heaters use electricity to move heat from one place to another instead of generating heat directly. Heat pump water heaters work like a refrigerator, but in reverse – while a refrigerator pushes heat from inside the unit out to the air around it, a heat pump water heater uses fans and an evaporator to pull warmth from the surrounding air and transfers it to water in the storage tank.  Therefore, these systems can be two to three times more energy efficient than conventional electric resistance water heaters.  Heat pump water heaters do contain electric resistance coils.  However, they only operate when needed, and should not be needed to heat water when temperatures are above 20 degrees Fahrenheit.     

Heat pump water heaters are ideal for homeowners looking to:

• replace an old, inefficient electric water heater.

• lower household energy consumption.

• take control of how efficiently their hot water heater operates.

The purchase price for heat pump water heaters is higher than the average standard electric water heater, but in return the unit cuts water heating costs up to 50%.  The U.S. Department of Energy estimates the average payback period for a heat pump water heater is less than five years.   MORE INFORMATION.

Heat pump water heaters can be installed in a variety of heated and unheated locations such as a garage, basement or utility room. 

We offer heat pump water heater installation throughout the Olympia region, and can help you determine the right size and location for yours.  Contact us to learn more!

Solar Water Heaters

Solar domestic hot water systems offer a cost-effective way to generate hot water for your home.  They can be used in any climate, and the fuel they use - sunshine - is free.  

Solar water heating systems include storage tanks and solar collectors. There are two types of solar water heating systems: active, which have circulating pumps and controls, and passive, which don't.

There are two types of active solar water heating systems:

Direct circulation systems:  Pumps circulate household water through the collectors and into the home. They work well in climates where it rarely freezes.

Indirect circulation systems:  Pumps circulate a non-freezing, heat-transfer fluid through the collectors and a heat exchanger. This heats the water that then flows into the home. They are popular in climates prone to freezing temperatures.

Passive solar water heating systems are typically less expensive than active systems, but they're usually not as efficient. However, passive systems can be more reliable and may last longer. There are two basic types of passive systems:

Integral collector-storage passive systems:  These work best in areas where temperatures rarely fall below freezing. They also work well in households with significant daytime and evening hot-water needs.

Thermosyphon systems:  Water flows through the system when warm water rises as cooler water sinks. The collector must be installed below the storage tank so that warm water will rise into the tank. These systems are reliable, but contractors must pay careful attention to the roof design because of the heavy storage tank. They are usually more expensive than integral collector-storage passive systems.

We offer solar water heater installation throughout the Olympia region, and are happy to work with you to determine the best solar water heating option for your home.  Contact us to learn more!

Tankless Water Heaters

On Demand Water Heaters, provide hot water only as it is needed. Traditional storage water heaters produce standby energy losses that cost you money. We do not leave our homes heated while vacationing. We only heat our homes when there is a demand for heat. In the same way, a Tankless Water Heater is used only when there is a demand for hot water.

We offer tankless water heater installation throughout the Olympia region.  Contact us to learn more!

Waste Water Heat Recovery Systems

Any hot water that goes down the drain carries away energy with it. Drain-water (or greywater) heat recovery systems capture this energy from already used water (for example, to shower, wash dishes, or wash clothing) to preheat cold water entering the water heater or going to other water fixtures.  This reduces the amount of energy needed for water heating.  Drain-water heat recovery technology works well with all types of water heaters.  

We have seen in written that waste water recovery systems can save, on average, 40% on water heating costs.  The analysis used to reach this percentage is thus:  10-20% of the overall energy usage of your home goes to heating water.  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) found that when you run hot water down the drain, you lose 80-90% of that heat. Thus, estimates are that hot water heating costs can be reduced by 40% with a waste water heat recovery system.  This is not an insignificant savings.  

DOE’s web site says that if the installation costs $300 to $500, paybacks range from 2.5 to 7 years, depending on how often the system is used.   

 

For more information about the benefits of heat pump water heaters, solar hot water heaters and tankless hot water heaters, or to schedule a home energy upgrade, contact us here.

Eco water heating systems are a great addition to a bathroom remodel, kitchen remodel, or room addition. 

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