Economic Recovery Rebate on Tankless Water Heaters – How to Claim YoursOn February 17, 2009, President Barack Obama signed important legislation into law known as the 2009 Federal Energy Bill under the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – and homeowners are happy to learn that they can qualify for a rebate of up to $1500 (rebate amount varies depending on the state where the home is located) for energy efficient upgrades that they install in their existing homes. One such upgrade that many homeowners are rushing to add while the rebate is in effect (through December 31, 2010) is an energy efficient tankless water heater.
Tankless Water Heaters an Environmental Friendly Must-Have
A tankless water heater can help you do your part to save the fragile environment while saving you money at the same time. A tankless water heater provides hot water when you need it, on demand. The reasoning behind the design of the tankless water heater is sound – we don’t use hot water 24/7, so why should we continue to pay for (and use up important resources) heating water that just sits there, piping hot, waiting for us to turn on the faucet? With a tankless water heater, water is heated only as it is used, and can save the typical American family hundreds of dollars each year by way of reduced energy bills versus using a storage tank-type water heater.
Benefits of a Tankless Water Heater for Your Home
Tankless water heaters are also more efficient than storage tank-type water heaters, providing a continuous and unlimited supply of hot water. Those who are familiar with running out of hot water just as you’re finishing up your shower will never face that unpleasant dilemma again. In addition, tankless water heaters take up much less space than storage tank-type heaters. In fact, new homes constructions that utilize the tankless water heater concept save enough space for an extra closet. Tankless water heaters are very small and some are wall-mounted, making them far less bulky than older, energy-sucking tank-type heaters. What’s more, tankless water heaters are engineered to last for around twenty years, which is far longer than the traditional tank-type heater. And because the tankless water heater has no tank, there is far less risk of leaks and costly water damage.
Remarkable Technology behind Tankless Water Heaters
The technology of the tankless water heater is quite amazing. When hot water is turned on somewhere inside the home, the tankless water heater draws cold water into the water heater where a flow sensor activates a burner that in turn warms the heat exchanger. This incoming water will circle the heat exchanger until it is warmed to a pre-determined temperature that the homeowner selects. The water is then routed through the pipes in the home to the source faucet, tap, or spout that was turned on. A sealed vent system released any gases created during combustion. When the tap is turned off, the flow sensor deactivates the burner until the next time water is demanded.
Best Tankless Water Heaters that Qualify for the Energy Rebate
Takagi, which is one of the pioneering leaders in the tankless water heater industry, manufactures many models that qualify for the rebate under this new legislation. All of the qualifying Takagi models are Energy Star certified. Included in the list of Takagi tankless heaters that can not only offer homeowners substantial savings over the life of the product, but also qualify for the rebate. If you have been considering installing a tankless water heater into your modern home, there has never been a better time or more incentive to do so. Despite the rebate that is available from the federal government for those who choose to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity, a tankless water heater can literally pay for itself through decreased energy bills in a very short period of time.