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What California Energy Rebates Are Available for Heat Pumps and Heat Pump Water Heaters?
June 21, 2022
Heat pump technology can save energy and money for California homeowners, and is used to replace the systems and appliances that use the most energy in your home—your heating and cooling and your hot water heater.
One of the best things about upgrading your HVAC system or water heater to a heat pump model is that you can qualify for local California energy efficiency rebates that help lower your upfront installation costs. In this article, we’ll explain a little about what makes this technology different from the traditional systems in your home and what heat pump water heater and heat pump incentives in California are currently available.
How Do Heat Pumps and Heat Pump Hot Water Heaters Work?
All heat pumps work not by generating heat, but by moving it from one location to another via a line of refrigerant.
Heat Pump HVAC Systems
Heat pump HVAC systems have both heating and cooling settings, allowing you to use them year-round in your Sacramento or Elk Grove home. In the summer, they cool your home by absorbing heat from the air in inside and transfer it outside, just like an air conditioner. In the winter, the process is reversed, and heat is absorbed from outdoor air (even cooler or cold air contains some heat) and brought inside.
There are two main kinds of heat pump HVAC systems—ducted heat pumps, which connect to ductwork and distribute conditioned air through the vents in your home, and ductless mini splits, which have wall cassettes installed directly in the rooms or areas of your home you’re looking to target.
Heat pump hot water heaters
Heat pump hot water heaters use this same technology—not generating heat by moving it from one place to another—to heat water. A heat pump water heater takes heat from the surrounding air where the heater is installed and uses it to heat the water in the storage tank.
Heat pump technology is much more efficient than traditional furnaces or water heaters, and it operates completely on electricity, making systems and appliances that use it better for the enviornment as well!
How Much Can You Save with Heat Pump and Heat Pump Water Heater Rebates?
Rebates for energy efficiency upgrades can come from a number of different places, like your local utility company or from energy efficiency initiatives. Here are some of the best rebates for heat pumps and heat pump water heaters in our service area.
SMUD (Sacramento Municipal Utility District)
Heat pump rebate amount: Up to $3,000
Heat pump water heater rebate amount: Up to $3,800
Heat pump rebate amount: Up to $1,000 (+$200 rebates for a smart thermostat)
Heat pump water heater rebate amount: Up to $3,000
TECH Clean California
Heat pump rebates through the TECH Clean California incentive program are not currently available due to a higher-than-anticipated response. Until additional funding is secured, homeowners in the greater Sacramento area can continue to benefit from SMUD and Roseville Electric rebates!
Schedule HVAC or Water Heater Installation Today with Brower
For over 40 years, Brower Mechanical has been helping local homeowners in Sacramento, Roseville, and Rocklin save with new energy efficient HVAC replacement, water heater installation, and more. We can help you choose between a variety of money and energy saving home upgrades, including heat pumps, heat pump hot water heaters and alternatives like tankless or “instant” hot water heaters, new high efficiency furnaces and air conditioners, and other upgrades that can qualify you for rebates and energy savings.