Hot water heating for cooking, clothes and dish washing, handwashing, and bathing is a major source of energy consumption in our homes, typically second behind space heating costs. Reducing hot water heating loads can substantially reduce your energy bills.
Consider lowering the temperature setting for your water heater to save money on energy without sacrificing comfort, while also preventing scalding.
Electric Resistance Water Heaters
- If your hot water heater is an electric resistance unit, BED can provide water heater tank wrap and low flow shower heads for free. You could save up to $75 per year. Contact a BED Energy Services specialist to get yours!
- BED and Packetized Energy have partnered on an innovative program that reduces the demand that electric water heaters place on Burlington's electric grid in exchange for resident financial incentives and other rewards. A Mello® control module can be connected to your water heater and your home's Wi-Fi network. Using signals received from Packetized Energy and informed by BED, the Mello® strategically chooses the best times to heat hot water with the least impact on the electric grid. Sign up here.
Natural Gas, Propane, and Oil Water Heaters
- If your hot water heater uses natural gas, propane, or fuel oil, consider using an add-on storage tank to your boiler instead of a stand-alone tank or installing an electric heat pump water heater. Please see the information below on Adding or Replacing Water Heaters.
- Safety note: Please do not wrap gas or propane fired hot water tanks – it typically voids the warranty of the tank, and the wrap may block the airflow to the burner which can create a hazardous condition.
Adding or Replacing Hot Water Heaters
Consider replacing your existing water heater with a Heat Pump Water Heater (HPWH). HPWHs can be two to three times as energy efficient as a standard electric resistance water heater.
For current non-natural gas water heater owners, BED has contracted with Efficiency Vermont to administer rebates for qualifying HPWHs. For current natural gas water heater owners, BED has a rebate to encourage you to move toward Net Zero Energy.