Today Dave writes:

I need to replace my old hot water heater.  I looked at the tankless kind but the reviews aren’t that great.  I want to save money on the electric bill but I want something that is going to last.  Do you have any suggestions?  Thanks, Dave.

I understand your dilemma, Dave. You want to save on energy costs, but the technology just isn’t quite there yet on most electric tankless water heaters. I’d recommend going with a hybrid water heater instead, like the GeoSpring Hybrid Water Heater by GE. If you’re wondering what makes it a hybrid water heater, just check out GE’s explanation of how it works.

A compressor and evaporator are integrated into the electric water heater unit and the evaporator draws in ambient heat from surrounding air using two variable speed fans. Condenser coils wrap the tank all the way to the bottom to transfer this heat into the tank and heat the water.”

GeoSpring Hybrid Water Heater

The end result? Up to 63% energy savings for you and your family.  Add in the fact that 80% of the GeoSpring Hybrid Water Heater reviewers say it’s as easy to install as a traditional hot water heater, this begins to look like the kind water heater that you’ve been looking for. GeoSpring Hybrid Water Heater reviewers also noted noticeable energy savings as well.

As you can see, the GeoSpring Hybrid Water Heater is not your normal hot water heater.  Not only does it heat water differently, but it also has more options and a heftier price tag at around $1600.  As for its options available, the GeoSpring has a backlit LCD control panel that is easy to use and read. The options allow you to set your energy savings.  If you want to have the most energy savings set it to eheat mode. It uses only the heat pump to heat the water, thus saving on energy costs.

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Written by Amanda Hartley