GE's GeoSpring Hybrid Water Heater


| 8/24/2010 1:08:13 PM


Tags: water heater, GE, appliances, hybrid water heater, Press Release,

hybridwaterheaterLouisville, Kentucky — The new GE® hybrid heat pump water heater, recently named GeoSpring™ Hybrid Water Heater is an ENERGY STAR® qualified electric heat pump water heater that will reduce water heater operating expenses up to 62 percent, saving as much as $320 annually* -- that's $3,200 in savings over a 10-year period based on a national average electricity rate of 10.65 cents per kWh. This product is so innovative and energy efficient that it recently received the Popular Science Best of What's New Award for 2009.

The GeoSpring Hybrid Water Heater is ideal for energy efficiency and low-income weatherization programs, offering easy replacement of a standard electric water heater and offering a Savings to Investment ratio (SIR) of between 2.0 and 2.8 for the 10-year warranty period. According to the Department of Energy, weatherization programs typically create an average energy savings of $350 per year for their program recipients.** Since the GeoSpring can save up to $320 per year, GeoSpring can nearly double the program savings with minimal additional program cost.

It is designed for easy retrofit installation, because it uses the existing water heater's plumbing and electrical connections and occupies the same footprint as a traditional 50-gallon tank water heater.

Many Affordable Housing, Community Action and Weatherization Agencies have already taken advantage of the tremendous energy savings offered by the GeoSpring and have incorporated it into their programs. "We've been really impressed with GE's new GeoSpring Hybrid Water Heater," says John Dennis, Cattaraugus County Weatherization Manager and member of the New York State Weatherization Directors Association (NYSWDA). "The product is very easy to install, and the energy savings are a big contribution to the complete energy efficiency solution we are providing to our weatherization program participants."

According to the Department of Energy (DOE), the water heater is the second largest energy-consuming appliance in the home behind the HVAC system. Since the water heater consumes approximately 14 percent of the energy used by the average household, and since the GeoSpring can reduce this energy consumption by 62 percent, which means that the GE water heater could reduce total household energy consumption by 8 to 9 percent. That's a tremendous energy savings opportunity.

Jeff Waller, Program Manager for Community Housing Partners in Virginia, has been equally impressed with the energy savings and support he has gotten from GE. "We were initially impressed with the energy savings opportunity offered by GE's new GeoSpring Hybrid Water Heater, and its ability to help us meet our program goals of providing affordable, green, sustainable housing opportunities for our communities. But I'd have to say that we've been most impressed with the support we've gotten directly from GE. Heat pump water heaters are relatively new to the industry, and GE has a terrific technical support group that has answered all of our questions and helped us get very comfortable with this new innovative technology very quickly."

ge appliances
11/3/2010 8:36:58 AM

Good question! To help understand the impact of the GeoSpring on the HVAC system, first, you must determine whether or not the water heater is in a "conditioned space" which is defined as a room of the house that supplies return air to the HVAC system, or in an "unconditioned space" which is a space that does not supply return air to the HVAC system. Typically water heaters are in "unconditioned spaces" such as garages, basements, and attics that do not provide an air supply to the HVAC system. Thus, any heat removed from these unconditioned spaces by the GeoSpring likely would not need to be replaced by increased operation of the furnace and would not have any impact on the operation or efficiency of the HVAC system. If the GeoSpring is in a "conditioned space" inside the home such as in a utility room or closet, the cooling and dehumidifying effect will decrease the load on the AC system during cooling months (summer) and increase the load on the furnace during heating months (winter). If the number of cooling months equals the number of heating months, these effects will roughly offset, and the user should still experience all the energy savings benefits of the GeoSpring water heater as described in the product literature. If cooling months exceed heating months, the user may experience additional energy savings beyond the GeoSpring water heater, and vice versa. Any more questions/comments, visit http://www.geappliances.com/heat-pump-hot-water-heater/water-heater-faq.htm


ge appliances
11/3/2010 8:33:03 AM

Good question! To help understand the impact of the GeoSpring on the HVAC system, first, you must determine whether or not the water heater is in a "conditioned space" which is defined as a room of the house that supplies return air to the HVAC system, or in an "unconditioned space" which is a space that does not supply return air to the HVAC system. Typically water heaters are in "unconditioned spaces" such as garages, basements, and attics that do not provide an air supply to the HVAC system. Thus, any heat removed from these unconditioned spaces by the GeoSpring likely would not need to be replaced by increased operation of the furnace and would not have any impact on the operation or efficiency of the HVAC system. If the GeoSpring is in a "conditioned space" inside the home such as in a utility room or closet, the cooling and dehumidifying effect will decrease the load on the AC system during cooling months (summer) and increase the load on the furnace during heating months (winter). If the number of cooling months equals the number of heating months, these effects will roughly offset, and the user should still experience all the energy savings benefits of the GeoSpring water heater as described in the product literature. If cooling months exceed heating months, the user may experience additional energy savings beyond the GeoSpring water heater, and vice versa. Any more questions/comments, visit http://www.geappliances.com/heat-pump-hot-water-heater/water-heater-faq.htm


john t
11/1/2010 9:00:48 PM

If this "heat pump" water heater is located within the heated space of the home, I wonder whether the efficiency should be measured with respect to the total environment within the envelope. That is, since the heat pump moves heat from the home to the water, it would seem that any savings should be calculated as a net after the added cost to replace the heat removed from the home during the winter, and of the savings from the cooling effect of removing unwanted heat during the summer.





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