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Hybrid water heater discounts available


PrintGE is offering discounts on its GeoSpring 50-gallon heat pump water heater which, combined with Chelan PUD’s rebate, makes the cost of these units comparable to traditional storage water heaters.

A $400 markdown at the store combined with the PUD’s $300 rebate drops the price by $700, making the final cost around $500. Promotions at individual stores may drop the price even lower. Lowes, for example, has a discount running through Sept. 7 that drops the final cost to around $299.

HPWH2Participating stores are Lowes, Sears, Ferguson and some independent retailers. The promotion runs through Dec. 3. For promotion details, visit GeoSpring.com.

Heat pump water heaters can be installed by a homeowner. Use this tip sheet for do-it-yourself installation. Or find a contractor here.

Before you buy, review these requirements:

• Type – Tier 1 units like the GeoSpring are well suited for unconditioned spaces, such as garages. Tier 2 units are well suited to colder climates and can be ducted to move cool air generated by the unit to the outside, allowing for installation in conditioned and unconditioned spaces.

• Space – Tier 1 units like the GeoSpring require at least 1,000 cubic feet of air flow around them. This is the equivalent of 10′x10′x10′ of space.

• Sound – Heat pump water heaters generate sound similar to an electric fan. If your existing hot water heater is silent, this may be bothersome at first.

• Cold air – While in operation, heat pump water heaters release cool, dry air into the surrounding space.

• Size/height – Heat pump water heaters are slightly larger than standard electric water heaters.

Learn more about heat pump water heaters at smartwaterheat.org.  Remember to apply for Chelan PUD’s rebate.

  1. ray fristrom says:

    when are we going to see the pud make solar available to the public?

  2. Susan says:

    Thank you for your question. We encourage solar development through our 14-year-old SNAP program, which this past year paid producers 10 cents per kWh for their generation. We also participate in the state Renewable Energy Cost Recovery program, channeling utility tax funds to solar producers, with the largest payments going to those who use modules and inverters manufactured in Washington state. For details on these programs please visit http://www.chelanpud.org/snap.html. Chelan PUD is in the middle of a strategic planning process, and I would encourage you to comment at http://www.ourpublicpower.org/.

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