Energy Efficiency & Rebates
If your electric water heater has been around more than a decade, it might be time for a replacement. To help you make that decision, consider that the cooperative is offering a $200 rebate this year for qualified heat pump water heaters purchased and installed in your home.
While these water heaters typically cost $1,000-plus, with the rebate, you will not only save money toward your purchase, you will save energy by replacing an older, energy-hogging water heater.
The U.S. Department of Energy estimates an annual savings of about $300 a year for a family of four.
Rebates are available for appliances purchased on or after Jan. 1, 2016.
The 2017 CCEC Energy Efficiency Rebate Appliction is available here.
Heat pump water heaters use electricity to move heat from one place to another instead of generating heat directly. Therefore, they can be two to three times more energy efficient than conventional electric resistance water heaters. To move the heat, heat pumps work like a refrigerator in reverse.
Calculate your payback on a new heat pump water heater here:
While a refrigerator pulls heat from inside a box and dumps it into the surrounding room, a stand-alone air-source heat pump water heater pulls heat from the surrounding air and dumps it -- at a higher temperature -- into a tank to heat water. You can purchase a stand-alone heat pump water heating system as an integrated unit with a built-in water storage tank and back-up resistance heating elements.
Touchstone Energy's Energy Adventure website will help you identify ways to save energy.
Through interactive quizzes, you can test your energy efficiency skills and learn how to improve your home’s energy efficiency, and ultimately save money. After each question, you will receive energy savings tips that are customized specifically to your lifestyle and energy habits. Go to: http://adventure.touchstoneenergy.com/
CCEC has partnered with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Star program to enhance our energy efficiency and conservation programs to help residential and business members conserve energy, save money, and improve comfort. ENERGY STAR also has a great website for kids, which includes resources for educators and parents.