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Featured Topic: Heat Pump Water Heaters

Energy bills painfully high? Your hot water heater might be the culprit. Hot water heaters that use electricity, fuel oil, or propane can be costly to run. Cold showers are one option, but there is a far less uncomfortable solution to reducing water heating costs: a heat pump hot water heater.

Heat pump water heaters use a small amount of electricity to move heat from the surrounding air to the water. And since it's more efficient to move heat rather than generate it, the heat pump water heater can deliver hot water up to two and a half times more efficiently than a common electric resistance water heater........LEARN MORE

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Why? How? What?
Our nation's homes use more than 20 percent of energy produced and account for about as much greenhouse gas emission.

There are more than 100 million existing homes in the United States, many of which are in dire need of significant improvements.

Between 1978 and 2005, energy use per household dropped by more than 30 percent.

That's good, but it's not good enough. The United States consumes more energy than any other country in the world. Changing our homes is the first step in a brighter energy future.
By improving the tools and resources available to professionals and consumers so that they can retrofit houses to improve energy performance.

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Better communications. Improving how information is shared will improve energy efficiency.

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