Advanced Water Heating Initiative March Newsletter

The latest newsletter from the Advanced Water Heating Initiative (AWHI) features information on upcoming AWHI meetings, upcoming presentations at the 2022 ACEEE Hot Water Forum, updates on the 120-Volt Heat Pump Water Heat Field Validation Study, information on finding local heat pump water heater retailers and installers, new related resources, and more.

ACEEE’s 2022 Hot Water Forum, Virtual, March 21 – 23

The 14th annual conference comes at a critical—and promising—time. New water heating technologies and the Biden administration’s emphasis on building energy efficiency and decarbonization are creating opportunities for the hot water industry to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, advance energy equity, and improve grid resilience. Partners and leaders of AWHI are featured in the multiple sessions sharing important aspects of the initiative as well as progress being made in the water heating markets.

120-Volt Heat Pump Water Heater Field Validation Study

The 120-Volt Heat Pump Water Heater Field Validation study is underway. With 32 field test sites identified for installation of this new technology, applications are no longer being accepted. The study’s timeline has been adjusted, in response to supply-side issues that delayed the study’s start, and installations are expected to start in April. Installations are funded in part by a TECH Clean California Quick Start Grant, along with funding from PG&E, SCE, and SMUD. This new plug-in ready class of water heaters is expected to hit the market later this year.

Find local HPWH retailers and installers

ENERGY STAR’s HPWH retailer and installer finder tool is up and running with new functionality. When you enter your zip code, you will receive information on qualified installers and financial incentives, as well as retailers and locations near you to purchase a heat pump water heater. The tool was created in partnership with NEEA, AO Smith, Rheem, and Bradford White to ensure the successful purchase and installation of HPWHs. Check for options in your area.

Water Heater Buying Guide 2022 – ENERGY STAR rating, price, fuel, rebates, etc.

ENERGY STARTM partnered with Matt Risinger from The Build Show, a home improvement influencer, to provide a short promotional video: Water Heater Buying Guide 2022 – ENERGY STAR rating, price, fuel, rebates, etc. This video will be of interest to anyone building, remodeling, or in need of a new water heater. Matt explains why heat pump technology wins in comparison to other water heaters.

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