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Switch From a Gas Water Heater to an Electric Heat Pump

Looking for ways to save money on your utility bills, improve your indoor air quality or make your home more environmentally friendly? Consider replacing your gas furnace or water heater with a heat pump HVAC or water heater. Not only will you save money, but you’ll be helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions—and if you live in Alameda, you’ll be using 100% clean electricity from Alameda Municipal Power (AMP).

Alameda Post - a heat pump diagram
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Heat pump water heaters (also called hybrid water heaters) are up to four times more efficient and use 70% less energy than standard gas or electric water heaters, because they pull heat from the surrounding air to heat water, rather than rely on electricity or gas. Heat pumps also cool and dehumidify the space around them, a great benefit for a damp basement or on hot days, and can act like a battery for your home, heating water during the day when renewable energy is more plentiful and then providing hot water during the evening hours.

Alameda Post - a poster outlining the costs of switching from a gas water heater to an electric heat pump

In one case study, an Alameda resident who recently switched to an electric heat pump water heater saved an average of $15 per month on gas bills and saw a 70% decrease in gas usage. Residents can utilize AMP rebates and the IRA (Inflation Reduction Act) tax credit on heat pump water heater and HVAC installation to assist them in the switch to go green. Find rebates at The Switch is On website.

Currently, 68% of Alameda’s homes are heated by natural gas. Every step taken towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions makes a difference.

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