What’s the best time to invest in a new water heater? Before it’s too late.
Right now, Maine residents can save money thanks to state-sponsored water heater installation rebates.
To help make an informed decision, Plumbers 911 offers Maine residents the following information about water heater options in the Pine Tree State.
Types of Water Heaters in Maine
There are two main types of water heaters for residential use in Maine:
- A storage water heater that uses energy to heat water, which is then stored in a tank and kept hot.
- Tankless water heaters that heat water as it flows through the pipes to where it is eventually used.
These two types of water heaters consume varying levels of energy. In the face of climate change, energy efficiency has been a greater part of the decision process.
Save money with Maine water heater rebates
Maine residents are encouraged to update with heat pump water heaters. The state has prioritized this by offering rebates to homeowners to save money on an energy efficient installation.
A heat pump water heater bypasses the heat generation phase of water heating and instead pulls heat from the surrounding area to heat the water. These heat pumps can be two to three times more efficient than conventional electric resistance water heaters, according to Energy.gov.
Efficiency Maine is helping Mainers save money while also being energy efficient. They are offering a $750 incentive when installed by a registered vendor. This incentive helps residents afford heat pump water heaters, but also helps the state become more energy efficient.
Making informed decisions
Not interested in taking advantage of energy efficiency rebates at this time? It’s still a good idea to weigh the pros and cons of traditional water heaters.
Although not as efficient as a heat pump water heater, tankless water heaters tend to be more energy efficient compared to storage heaters. The catch is a higher upfront cost.
A storage water heater helps you avoid the fairly short wait time of a tankless system — it delivers instantaneous hot water. In the short term, these heaters are cheaper — but costs will eventually catch up because they’re less energy efficient.
If you are thinking about investing in a new water heating system? Contact Plumbers 911 Maine at 207-825-2340 to be connected with an expert local plumbing contractor.