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Love Electric: Begin a Relationship

Are you curious about how to make your home more efficient, healthy, and sustainable? We can start with providing some basic information about the efficient electric technologies involved. The three major areas to consider “loving electric” are: 

  • Heating & Cooling

  • Hot Water

  • Cooking

In addition to these three, you should consider adding solar PV to your home, which reduces your electricity costs, making the new electric technologies more economical, while also reducing your home’s carbon emissions.  In the case of heating and cooling, it is important to start with making sure your home is well-insulated and sealed, and we provide some resources for making these basic efficiency improvements if needed.

How to Get Started

  • STEP 1: Determine What You Need

    After the introductions to the electric technologies, we move on to discussing some of the best applications (e.g., when do heat pumps make the most sense), possible challenges, and the economics involved (required investments and energy cost savings).

    Refer to the three major areas – heating and cooling, hot water, and cooking, using the links below. 

  • STEP 2: Find an Installer

    Use the search below to find a qualified heat pump or heat pump water heater installer in your area plus rebates.

  • STEP 3: Get Financing

    We provide information on how to obtain financing to help you pay for your home upgrades. 


 Air Source Heat Pumps

What are they and how they can help heat & cool your home.


Hot Water Heat Pumps

How they integrate with a heat pump and work to heat water water. 


Induction Cooktops

What are they and how can they decrease your carbon footprint? 

Common Questions

Because the heat pump water heater exhaust air is cool, should I duct it to outside the home?

No. Although the exhaust air is typically cooler than the room air, it is usually much warmer than the outside air during winter months in Colorado. Ducting the exhaust air outside will pull in more outside air to take its place, and will therefore increase the energy use of the house.

Can I put a heat pump water heater in my finished basement? Won’t it take away from the efficiency of heating my house, by exhausting cool air into the basement?

Yes, it’s fine to put the heat pump water heater in a finished basement. You should just make sure the cool exhaust air from the water heater does not blow directly into commonly occupied areas. Yes, this will add a small amount of energy to the home’s overall heating load. However, this amount of cool air from the heat pump water heater will have a minimal effect on the home’s overall heating system performance/consumption. In addition, the cool air will help keep the basement cool in the summer months, reducing the energy used for air conditioning.

Where should I put the heat pump water water heater? How big does the space need to be?

Basements, utility rooms, and laundries are great locations for a heat pump water heater. Pick a spot that will not be frequented by occupants, and position it away from bedrooms and living spaces to fully mitigate any noise concerns. Heat pump water heaters mildly dehumidify the air around them, so they can be a helpful addition to a root cellar or pantry. You can locate the water heater in a small space as long as there is adequate airflow. This can often be achieved by installing a louvered door and grills or grates or similar air gaps.

What size heat pump water heater do I need?

You need the same size as for a conventional water heater. For a home with two occupants, you should choose a 40 or 50-gallon unit. For 2-4 people, you should choose a 66-gallon unit; and for more than 4 people, a 75 or 80-gallon unit.

Will a heat pump water heater reduce my energy bills?

A heat pump water heater will reduce your energy costs for hot water by 65% compared to a conventional electric water heater, and by 75% compared to a propane water heater. Your energy costs for hot water will be about the same with a heat pump water heater compared to an efficient natural gas water heater.

Are heat pump water heaters more efficient than conventional water heaters? What is the uniform energy factor?

Heat pump water heaters are much more efficient than gas, propane, or conventional electric water heaters. The uniform energy factor (UEF) is the new metric for rating the energy efficiency of water heaters. The higher the UEF, the higher the efficiency. Heat pump water heaters have UEF ratings between 3.0 and 3.5, while “efficient” gas and propane water heaters have UEF ratings between 0.65 and 0.70. Conventional electric water heaters have UEF ratings of about 0.95.

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Love Electric aims to accelerate the adoption of heat pumps, heat pump water heaters, and other efficient electric technologies in homes and businesses across Colorado, to lower consumer energy costs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and provide improved health, comfort and other benefits. Love Electric is an initiative of the Beneficial Electrification League of Colorado (BEL-CO).

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