Friday, October 29, 2021

Electricity Savings With A Heat Pump Water Heater

I am eager to share proof of projected 40% electricity savings, in replacement of an ordinary resistance electric water heater, with a beautiful heat pump water heater, HPWH. The installation was reported in post an exemplary heat pump water heater.


I have the unusual resource of a chart going back 22 years:

From 2012 to 2018, there was remarkably little need of electricity, me living alone. Demand might have been met with a modest photovoltaic array but for neighboring trees to South, and adverse West facing of the major roof surface. For the past four years, occupancy and electricity demand have doubled, with two wonderful renters in this 1955 home now fully weatherized and modern, radon-free. It is a rare rental opportunity, managed with some originality. All utility costs are auto-paid by me. The renters pay a fixed total of $200 per month for electricity, natural gas, water/ sewer and trash/ recycling, balanced annually against actual payments. Where I see the costs and share pain, I am moved to do all possible to reduce costs; thus the HPWH. Surely we can agree, promised electricity savings, are evident. At the end of this year, I will compare annual totals as best measure of accumulated savings.

I believe charts showing control of somewhat-voluntary expenses, can be rewarding and inspiring. And, yes, they can be dispiriting if not achieved. We wonder why monthly utility bills include charts such as this of the October 2021 electricity bill:

There are many variables of weather, behavior and occupancy, in monthly bars. Why a December spike? Visitors? October comparisons pre- and post-HPWH 278 kwh vs 390 kwh, a drop of 29%, is as expected, but probably under-states actual savings accumulated. Is that really 40%, as hoped?  Sometimes the trends in this bar charting, are concrete.

1 comment:

g1x4 said...

Nice article with concrete figures. Interested to see the year end numbers.