Heat Pump Water Heaters
Driving the market through new specs
Fifty-five percent of Northwest homes have electric water heaters. By influencing and increasing availability of high-efficiency heat pump water heaters (HPWHs) specifically designed for the Northern climate, the region could save nearly 289 aMW by 2035, the equivalent to powering almost 211,000 homes each year.
Heat Pump Water Heater products continue to improve, and save more and more energy - see this recent video for more info:
In 2011, NEEA and its partners updated the Northern Climate Specification, which provides added energy efficiency guidance to manufacturers developing HPWHs. The region has just updated this spec and renamed it to the Advanced Water Heater Specification.
The Advanced Water Heater Specification has applicability and benefits that extend well beyond the Northwest. The updated specification also enhances the end goal of NEEA's HPWH program - to influence the passage of a 2025 federal standard requiring HPWHs for all electric storage tanks greater than 45 gallons in size. Learn more here.