The GE GEH50DNSRSA Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heater is being introduced November, 2009 to become a one of the highest efficiency water heaters recognized by Energy Star. Energy Star is a joint energy efficiency program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. GE claims the average family could save about $3,200 over a ten-year period, based on the national average of 10.65 cents per kWh by using a GE GEH50DNSRSA Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heater. Energy Star says, “If everyone buying an electric water heater this year chose an Energy Star qualified heat pump model instead of a standard model, we would avoid 19.6 billion pounds of carbon dioxide emissions. That’s the equivalent of taking 1.6 million cars off the road.”
The GE GEH50DNSRSA Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heater joins the GE product line this fall when GE is planning on its arrival in stores. The GE GEH50DNSRSA Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heater is Energy Star approved making it eligible for Appliance Stimulus Program Rebates, Weatherization Assistance Program Grants if you are eligible, various State and Utility Rebate Programs in about 50% of the states, and a Federal Income Tax Credit. It costs money to save money sometimes, but this combination of rebates and grants will make saving affordable.
The GE GEH50DNSRSA Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heater features a heat pump mounted on top of the water heater that takes warmth out of the ambient air surrounding the GE Heat Pump Water Heater and pumps it into the water in the tank much like a refrigerator takes warmth out of the refrigerator and pumps it into your home. Heat pumps operate on a refrigeration cycle. The GE GEH50DNSRSA Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heater draws cold water from the bottom of the water heater tank then circulates it through the heat pump heating it and then puts the water back into the water heater tank at the top. The GE GEH50DNSRSA has 4 user selected modes, “eHeat” Mode which is the most energy efficient mode, using only 550 watts to power the heat pump, instead of 4500 watts used by the heating elements, Hybrid Mode which is the default mode for the water heater combines the energy efficiency of eHeat with the recovery speed and power of standard electric. High Demand Mode which uses both the heat pump and elements combined when you need faster recovery time on the hot water heating. The High Demand Mode is for households with higher than average water usage usually when guests are staying with you. Standard Electric Mode which is the least energy-efficient, and uses the 4500-watt heating elements to heat the water. The eHeat mode provides a 2.35 EF (Energy Factor) and a first hour delivery of 63 GPH which is comparable to a standard 50 gallon electric model. The heat pump will also cool the area where it is located and provide dehumidification as well saving money on cooling and dehumidifier operating costs.
The GE GEH50DNSRSA Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heater features include a 50 Gallon Model with a 1-Year Limited Warranty parts and labor and a 10 – Year Limited Warranty on parts, it is 213/4″ diameter which fits through doors, fits in a standard 50 gallon electric water heater footprint, heat pump operating range 45° F to 120° F, and a top mounted washable air filter.
When the GE GEH50DNSRSA Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heater comes out this November, Appliance Stimulus Package Rebates, Weatherization Assistance Program Grants, State and Utility Rebates, and the Income Tax Credit will all come together making replacing your inefficient water heater and saving on your energy bill affordable. In January 2010 the GE GEH50DNSRSA Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heater will be sold at Lowe’s, Sears and other locations.