Energy efficiency with electric water heating
Electric water heaters operate at up to 96% efficiency, with heat pump water heaters exceeding 200% efficiency. That means they waste almost no energy—or money. Compare that to less efficient fossil fuel models.
There are several electric water heater options available:
- Grid-enabled water heaters
- Heat pump water heaters
- Residential storage tank water heaters
- Commercial storage tank water heaters
Tips for reducing your water heating costs
- Install low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators that will help you use less water.
- Insulate long runs of hot-water supply pipes, especially sections that pass through unheated spaces.
- Repair or replace leaky faucets. A faucet that leaks one drop per second wastes more than 2,300 gallons of hot water per year, which could cost as much as $36. The replacement washers needed to repair a leaky faucet cost only a few cents.
- Lower your water heater thermostat to 120°F. Or ask your plumber to raise the temperature and install a mixing valve to the line. A properly installed mixing valve on an 80-gallon water heater increases usable hot water to 120 gallons and adjusts the temperature to a lower (safe) level as it leaves the tank.
See what you could save with electric water heating
Use our water heating rate comparison calculator to see which rates could meet your energy needs and save you money.