Green Home Appliances: “GeoSpring Hybrid Electric Heat Pump” Can Save Up To 62% On Water Heater Costs

1 09 2010

The most energy efficient 50-gallon electric water heater you can buy

To create the next generation of water heaters, GE rethought every aspect of this appliance from the ground up. The result is an innovative new product that can reduce water heater operating cost up to 62% and save $320 per year.* That adds up to significant savings, and you won’t have to give up a single drop of hot water.

The GeoSpring is an incredibly innovative device.  Like the Dewpoint DH9 that pulls water vapor out of the air and makes pure drinking water out of it, what really sets the GeoSpring apart is that it derives heat from its surroundings, and uses it to heat water in its porcelain tank. This process is complemented by electric heating coil elements, somewhat like a hybrid car.

Unlike a hybrid car, though, the GeoSpring has the capability for user control of its settings that allow it to really maximize efficiency….or to really maximize its ability to produce hot water.By setting the control to the energy saving setting, a user can allow the GeoSpring to fully utilize the ambient heating of water.  The drawback is that hot water is not replaced as quickly.  Conversely, if hot water needs are higher during a certain period, the user can set the heater to high volume production, wherein the electric heating elements are more engaged.

GE’s calculations show a $320 annual savings for an average American.  Adding in a 30% Federal Tax Credit (actual credit dependent on household income) means the GeoSpring can help contribute to a healthy bottom line for small businesses and homeowners.

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