Heat Pump Water Heaters
Driving the market through new specs
Sixty-four 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 500 aMW by 2029, the equivalent to powering 381,500 homes each year.
In 2011, NEEA and its partners updated the Northern Climate Specification, which provides added energy efficiency guidance to manufacturers developing HPWHs. After testing numerous products many are now compliant to the updated spec. See http://neea.org/northernclimatespec
Through ongoing lab testing, manufacturer engagement, field testing and utility coordination, NEEA’s long-range goal is to influence the passage of a federal standard requiring HPWHs for all electric storage tanks greater than 40 gallons in size, along with guiding testing and rating methods which account for the influence of climate on performance.