Heat your water without heating the planet

Switch your hot water heater to a heat-pump water heater

$850 discount is currently available for Maine residents who switch to a heat-pump water heater. Limited time offer

3 times more energy efficient than traditional water heaters. Which means:

~ Reduce your electric bill by $300/year (average 4 person family)
~ Reduce your home’s greenhouse gas emissions by 1 ton annually

  York EcoHOMES has plumbers willing to install your new water heater

Quick Overview/Big Picture

There are 3 things we do as residents that create the vast majority of York’s planet-warming/ greenhouse gas emissions.

1. We drive gas-powered vehicles.

2. We heat/cool our homes and we heat our water

3. We use lots of electricity

Switching to Heat Pumps to heat our homes and to heat our water are two critical steps to reducing our homes’ emissions.

This ACTION is focused on switching our traditional water heaters to high-efficiency heat pump-based water heaters.

Per the US Department of Energy, heating the water we use at home accounts for 14% to 18% of our home’s energy consumption. That is significant.

A heat-pump hot water heater is up to 3 times more efficient than a traditional electric, gas, or oil-powered hot-water heater. Put another way, a heat pump water heater requires as low as 1/3 the amount of energy of other water heaters. That means you can reduce your cost to heat water and the amount of GHG emissions to heat your water by 2/3 or 67%

Bottom line…… taking this Action means you will use a whole lot less energy and eliminate a lot of planet-warming emissions.

“Small acts when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.”
~Howard Zinn


$850 Discount for limited time

Thanks to Efficiency Maine, a quasi-state government agency under Maine Public Utility Commission purview, there is a limited-time $850 discount on heat pump hot water heaters for Maine residents. Efficiency Maine can only provide this discount until their grant to fund this discount runs out. So now is the time to make the change! A $300 Federal Tax Credit is also available.

The three York EcoHOME plumbers (or your own plumber if you have one) can purchase the new water heater and get the $850 discount for you instantly….so no paperwork or waiting for a rebate!

York EcoHOME Plumbers Available
Plumbers are tough to come by in this current market. But we have been fortunate to sign up 3 different local plumbers to do these heat-pump water heater installs for York EcoHOME participants. It is certainly OK to use your own plumber if you have one. Note: You can switch to a heat-pump water heater without making any changes to how you heat your home

How Much will it cost me to make the switch?
With the plumber getting you the instant $850 discount, your cost for the new water heater, plus installation will be between $1,750 and $2500. The plumber will be able to give you an exact cost once they see your space.

Will it reduce my greenhouse gas emissions?

Absolutely. Short answer….about 1 ton of emissions per year.

Will it reduce my consumption?

YES.. it will reduce the energy you use to heat your water by 67%

Will it reduce my monthly costs?

YES…. $300/year for average family of 4…which is $25/month.

How do I sign up?

Please complete this form and we will refer you to 1 of the 3 local plumbers that are willing to do the installs. They will give you an exact quote once they see your current water heater. (If you have your own plumber, check with them for their availability and to see if they are familiar with the instant $850 rebate.)

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Heat pumps move heat from one place to another instead of generating heat directly. They are like a refrigerator in reverse.

While a refrigerator pulls heat from inside your fridge and sends it into the surrounding air, a heat pump water heater pulls heat from the surrounding air and transfers it into the water inside the tank.

Definitely yes. A heat pump water heater is a stand-alone “appliance”and not related to how you heat your home.

No, you can switch to a heat-pump water heat regardless of whether your current water heater is electric, gas, or tied to your home heating boiler. It will probably cost a little less if your current water heater is electric but the plumber will be able to provide a quote so you will know the total cost before you switch.

Absolutely. And what the plumber will install is actually called a “hybrid” which means it also has a traditional electric coil element inside the water heater to back up the heat pump in cases of high demand (like when you have a house full of guests all taking showers).

No. We have already spoken to them about their cost to install and they are all very similar. Plumbers are super busy at this point in time and we are fortunate to have them available to do these installs for York EcoHOME participants. So we don’t want to burden them with providing multiple quotations.

Yes, they can almost definitely receive an instant discount from their plumbing supply house.

Heat-pump water heaters are electrically powered. They are ideal for heating water because they use far less (about 67% less) energy than traditional water heaters.

Yes there is a $300 tax credit available. Here is a link to the info and form. Check with your tax preparer. https://www.irs.gov/forms-pubs/about-form-5695

Removing and properly disposing of your old water heater is included in the cost.

Are you looking for more information…?

Check out some of our EcoHOMES Initiatives:
Switch your electricity supply to Solar
FREE LED Bulb Exchange
Composting/Food Waste Recycling
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Heat Pump Water Heaters
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Do you have questions or comments?
We would love to hear from you!

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I am currently evaluating installing a mini split heat pump system for heating/cooling. Would the heat pump water heater system be separate or can one heat pump system do both?

Hey Gary. Great question. Sorry for slow response. In most residential applications the heat pump heating system is separate from the heat pump water heater. Same technology, different application. Happy to send one of the EcoHOMES plumbers your way. Also can refer you to a reputable mini-split contractor.

I have 3 questions. What is the expected life expectancy of a heat pump hot water heater?
Can it be tied into a hot water storage unit?
We currently use a gas source for out hot water. Can the heat pump be primary and the gas be backup?

Hello Mark. Sorry for slow response. Great questions. 1. Life expectancy of heat pump water heater is expected to be a few years longer than a traditional hot water heater. Up to 20 years life expectancy. 2. Heat pump water heaters come in sizes of typically 40 to 80 gallons. Typical household this is more than sufficient. Plumber would have to advise if additional tank can be added. 3. Will have to refer to the plumber on this one. Unless you have an unusual high demand for hot water, you will not need a back up. If power goes out, water heater can be powered by generator. Please let me know if this helps and if you would like to be contacted by one of the EcoHOMES plumbers. Thank you

I have a propane fired on demand hot water heater, no storage of heated water. Would the heat pump water heater be more efficient?

Hello Bruce. The short answer is DEFINITELY. Heat pump water heaters are much more efficient in heating your water than a propane-fired on demand heater (or any other type of hot water heater). So your energy costs go down and your greenhouse gas emissions go down. If you also switch to Community Solar (which requires zero investment and your electric bill will go down) you can eliminate all emissions from heating your hot water. Please let me know if this helps and if you would like to be contacted by one of our EcoHOMES partner plumbers. Thank you.