Hybrid Water Heaters. Can They Save You Money?

Great information from home inspector Michael Thornton, in Brentwood, TN. Hybrid water heaters are new to me; perhaps they are to you, too.

When it's time to replace your current water heater, consider the energy savings as well as the initial cost, and fine the right answer for your needs.

Read  one man's story and see how his choice is turning out for him.

     On July 4 of this year I stepped into my garage and felt that familiar squish on the rug at the foot of the steps that told me my water heater had sprung a leak. Drats! I could think of better things to do on the 4 July than to change out a water heater. Thank goodness, the big box stores were open, so it was off to see the Wizard to purchase a new one.
     The question was, “Which style of water heater do I purchase?”  Sure, I could go back with a conventional style like I had, I could invest in a tankless or I could go the less conventional route and purchase a hybrid system. Although the tankless and the hybrid system were more expensive than the conventional water heater, I was looking beyond the price tag. I was looking at how much would it cost to operate. My decision was to go with the hybrid as it utilized energy saving technology and if I needed to, I could convert it to a conventional system with the flick of a switch.
     I also made the decision to put on a circulation pump. I could not see a reason to dump a couple gallons of water down the drain just to get hot water. I also lowered the water temperature 108°F. That was a comfortable temperature in which to bathe and I did not have to mix or dilute the hot water with cold. Once again, the frugal side of me won over.
     Over the past few months I was able to save on average, about $40 a month, as compared to the utility rates I had been paying in the past. I attribute this cost savings to the new water heater. At this rate, I will be able to save approximately $500 the first year which will more than pay for the additional cost of the unit.
     While I cannot guarantee that everybody will save this kind of money, as everybody’s water usage habits differ, I believe that you will save money going hybrid v/s conventional or tankless. I also understand that, like any water heater, there are limitations and constraints on where these can be installed.

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Comment balloon 9 commentsLottie Kendall • October 25 2014 10:19AM


I certainly like the cost savings aspect. Can't say that 108 is hot enough for me. Just replaced a water heater. Also looked at the various options. Have had a number of issues with electronic stuff lately couldn't gor for the hybrid. Would like to add solar to my house.

Posted by Bill Reddington, Destin Florida Real Estate (Re/max By The Sea) about 6 years ago

We've had one for about 2 years. Savings was much less than predicted but still worth it.

Posted by Kathleen Luiten, Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales (Resort and Second-Home Specialist) about 6 years ago

Lottie, thanks for the re-blog. The newer versions are improving.

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) about 6 years ago

I did not know this animal (water heater) existed! I have been thinking about the electric flash wall water heaters. They are so expensive that I have put it off. This hybrid looks really interesting.

Posted by Sussie Sutton, David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers (David Tracy Real Estate) about 6 years ago

Hi Lottie Kendall good information to reblog and share with everyone..... hope all is well with you....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired ) about 6 years ago

Hi Bill Reddington - solar is defnitely gaining in popularity, for which I'm certainly in favor.

Kathleen Luiten - glad you're hybrid is working out well for you. I don't know how I missed this!

Michael Thornton - thanks for today's education!


Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) about 6 years ago

Sussie Sutton  - Michael Thornton is such a great guy, I bet he could answer questions for you.

Yes, Barbara Todaro, life is great; hope the same for you. I was happy to re-blog this--I hadn't heard of hybrid water heaters before.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) about 6 years ago

Lottie - I have not heard of this one also.  I think I have a circulator as part of my hot water heating system.  I will ask the oil burner service company next time they come.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) about 6 years ago

It's amazing how much we learn here on Active Rain Grant Schneider 

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) about 6 years ago