For my second “green building” blog of October, I thought about some of the most costly products we use everyday. The first item to come to mind was our hot water heaters. They run constantly…even when not needed, and continually rack up our electric bills. I already knew about instant water heaters that use propane, but figured there had to be another option. The product I found is GE’s new GeoSpring Hybrid Electric Water Heater.
Did you know…Beginning in April 2015, all water heaters over 55 gallons will need to have double the efficiency as the typical electric-resistance-heated unit? This requirement has grown into modernizations in the hybrid/green market. These products, such as the GE 50-gallon GeoSpring, which, in hybrid mode, has 2.35 times the efficiency of an electric-resistance-only heater and a first-hour capacity of 63 gallons of hot water. Containing two 4,500-watt elements, the unit has four modes (including a vacation setting) ranging from all-electric-resistance to all-heat-pump water heating. GE claims there is a $325 per year savings on electric. The unit also comes with a limited 10-year warranty, not to mention a $300 tax credit.
For your home, office, or next building project, consider a product such as this.