How to Save on Energy Bills with an Electric Water Heater

Southern California Edison is currently offering up to $200 in rebates for switching to an electric water heating system in your home. Although not included in the rebate program, tankless water heaters use up less energy over time by only flash heating the water when it passes through it. Traditional water heaters must heat the water inside its tank at all hours of the day, costing you and the energy companies more money. However, SoCal Edison is willing to rebate you for the installation of a tankless water heater. While initial installation for a tankless water heater may be more expensive than a traditional water heater, they save you more on your energy bill over time.

Rebates with SoCal Edison

Rebates are only offered if you are replacing an existing gas water heater with an electric tank water heater greater than or equal to 30 gallons and greater than or equal to a 0.93 energy factor. Hybrid replacements must be greater than or equal to 40 gallons with a 2.0 energy factor to qualify. Rebates will be given as long as there are funds in the Home Energy Efficient Rebate (HEER) program. You can apply by first choosing an energy star rated electric water heater or hybrid electric heat pump model. The California Edison Website offers a downloadable rebate application that needs to be filled out and mailed as soon as possible with your service account number included. You can check the status of your rebate online at

Other Ways to Save

There are many other ways to save money while you save up for a new energy- efficient water heater. You can lower your water temperature in your bath or shower to 70 degrees, and wash your dishes and clothing in cold water. You can lower the temperatures on the device by using a screwdriver to remove the thermostat plates after turning off the circuit breaker. You can set the thermostats to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or “low”. Only a professional should tamper with a gas device to lower the temperature to avoid dangerous gas leaks. Increasing the insulation around your tank if you own a conventional heater can also reduce bills and energy usage up to 10%. Any way you can conserve energy used to heat your water is a good idea to implement in your home. For more information, visit the Southern California Edison website and save money on your energy bills.
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