Post # 1
Our hot water heater finally rusted out leaving us a big mess to clean up and shopping for a new one. We’re trying to decide between a standard electric and a hybrid electric (basically if this is worth the cost). Standard is about $1000 installed and the hybrid would be about $1900 installed. What kind of hot water heater do you have an what is your electric bill? Has anyone switched and actually seen savings?
Post # 2
I’ve never heard of a hybrid electric water heater (must not be something in this area, as Darling Husband is an electrician and Brother-In-Law is a plumber). What other power source does it use to heat water?
We have an electric hot water heater in our 1700sq ft home (we also have an additional 1200sqft downstairs that we heat in the winter). We have in floor heat, which draws a lot of electricity. Instead of using electricty for the floor, we have a wood-boiler system that we use in the winter, so essentially, we heat our water with a wood fire in the wood boiler, and that in turn heats our water for the floor/household use.
My electric bills are very reasonable. In the winter, our highest bill was somewhere around $350 for two months). We’re also on the “time of use” program, so if we use electricity between the hours of 11pm-7am and on weekends, our rates are cut, so I run the dishwasher at night and do laundry on weekends.
Post # 3
pinkshoes: Hi! We have an electric water heater and our bill isn’t high at all, considering that we live in an area where utilities isn’t cheap. To give background, we have an 1100-1200 sq ft condo, we cook regularly and our stove range is also electric, we run our dishwasher like once a week, and we take daily showers (obviously, haha). During the winter months, our bill peaked at maybe $200 due to using the heating units. During the summer months, our bill has gone down to a low of $50, mostly because we use a tower fan in lieu of the A/C cooling units. I forget the brand of our electric water heater but it cost us $1600 incl. installation. I do think it’s an energy saver model though. Hope this helps!
Post # 4
We have electric, our bills aren’t bad. Our house is 1,200 sq ft, in the summer electric is around $100 & winter around $200-250, with about 4 showers a day, dishwasher everyday, oven once a day, etc we have a fairly older model too
Post # 5
urchin: Hybrid hot water heaters use a heat pump to draw heat out of the air to heat the water and is supposed to save a lot on the eletric bill as compared to a conventional eletric. So it sounds like you have an integrated system which heats the house and hot water?
Jewelieee: wow, $200 sounds really good for heating water too! Our hot water heater is oil right now but our electric bill is just over $200 in the summer and around $80 in the winter.
MrsN14: Is it higher in the winter cause you have electric heating as well?
Post # 6
pinkshoes: yes, sorry I forgot to mention that! We have in-floor heating so it’s a bit more expensive
Post # 7
We have all electric (no gas at all in our unit), and so far our bill has ranged between $140-160 during summer months – we’ve run A/C most of the time, run the dishwasher about every other day, do a few loads of laundry each week, and each shower daily. We live in a 1200 sq.ft. apartment. Can’t speak to winter costs with heating (just moved recently), but I’m hoping it will be similar to current costs with the A/C (it’s been a hot summer!).
Post # 8
pinkshoes: During months where we don’t need heat/air conditioning, our bill is about $70. We have a gas stove, so that means the majority of the electric being used those months is going toward the water heater, well pump, ceiling fans, washer/dryer and lights. We pay apx 9 cents per kWh including all those miscellaneous charges. Our water heater i uses 5047 kWh per year, according to the sticker that is still on it. I only wash in “eco warm” setting and our washer spins the heck out of the clothes so they are almost dry before going into the dryer. I use the dishwasher like once every three months lol.