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Rheem Hybrid Electric Water Heater: 80-Gal $1598, 50-Gal EXPIRED

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Home Depot has a couple Rheem Performance Platinum Hybrid Electric High Efficiency Water Heaters on sale listed below from $999. Store pickup is free, otherwise delivery to home starts at $55. Thanks GordonRR1
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Both of these water heaters feature a hybrid heat pump for energy efficiency, mobile alerts to notify you of any problems & are WiFi compatible. Refer to the forum thread for additional savings ideas. -johnny_miller

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Home Depot has Rheem Heat Pump (Hybrid) water heaters on sale. 50 Gal $999, 80 Gal $1598 both have a 10 year warranty. Strangely enough the 65 is not on sale.

50 Gal XE50T10HD50U0 [homedepot.com], 80 Gal XE80T10HD50U0 [homedepot.com]

Both qualify for a $300 federal tax rebate. Some states may have local rebates too. For example Xcel in CO is another $450 off making the effective price $325 inc tax for the 50 Gallon.
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Last Edited by lazzlazz March 4, 2017 at 06:03 PM
If you're in Portland, Oregon: 50 Gal: $799 and 80 Gal: $1,298 after $640 and $700 off respectively. We care about efficiency! - Specialized999

Post #8 mentions federal tax credits expired at end of 2016.
See link in #8.
It reads: "All other ENERGY STAR federal tax credits expired at the end of 2016."

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The only one I can find is a Solar Energy rebate that has a few years left on it. The way things are going, I wouldn't be too surprised if the Energy Star program was abolished and we started getting federal rebates on coal burning water heaters.
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I'll give my 2c since I have one of these, though it is a previous model. It definitely saves money. I'm not sure it saves as much as they say, but even if it is saving 50% of the yearly cost the payback timeframe vs. a cheap electric element unit is only 3 years. There were tons of bad reviews when I bought mine. If the unit is delivered on its side, the freon would have leaked out and would cause the compressor to stop working. Make sure it stays vertical the entire time it is being delivered and for installation (there is an allowable tilt, something like 45deg).

I bought the $100 optional "Rheem EcoSmart" to allow me to control the temperature and mode from my phone. It has never worked very well, and has almost no 3rd party support except for wink. Additionally, I thought turning it off when on vacation would save me money, but after having the unit off for a few days I came back and it was almost the same temperature it was when I left, so I guess modern units are extremely efficient when it comes to heat loss.

My unit is in my garage. When the compressor kicks on, it is about as loud as a typical window A/C unit. The air pumping out of the exhaust is very cool (55 or 60 degrees, it tells you on the LCD screen) but there isn't much air coming out, so don't expect it to do much to your garage's ambient temperature. To test this, I put some z-wave temperature sensors around the garage. You can see the temp drop around the heater about 5deg when it runs, but that never cooled the other sensors more than a degree.

Overall, I am very happy, and would definitely recommend getting this if you do not have gas.

Edit: Since someone asked: I estimated my previous WH cost per year at about $550, and I'd estimate my current yearly bill for WH at something around $200. I am in Florida.
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I will second this as I owned one previously myself. I will add a few comments as well. Ordinarily, you would not want to install this inside your living space. Because it works like an air conditioner, it will cool (slightly) the surrounding area. So, in the winter, if it's located in an area that's heated, it will increase your heating demand for that area offsetting any savings. Also, the noise would likely be annoying. The best application for this is in a warm climate and in an area of the home that is not heated or air conditioned such as a garage or basement. A garage setup in Florida or the southwest, for example, would be great.

At the time I got mine from Lowes, I bought their $99, 10 year service plan which I ordinarily don't do. Slickest deal I've ever made. One service call the guy was there for 8 hours because he had never worked on these before. That said, I would get one again if/when I'm in the market.
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what tax rebate are you referring to? (Im suprised home depot wouldnt put this in the description if there was one)
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what tax rebate are you referring to? (Im suprised home depot wouldnt put this in the description if there was one)
there is a home improvement deduction for certain energy efficiency items.

https://www.energystar.gov/about/federal_tax_credits
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I think the tax credit for water heaters expired at the end of 2016. Someone please correct me if I am wrong.
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How long are these on sale for?
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I think the tax credit for water heaters expired at the end of 2016. Someone please correct me if I am wrong.
You are right. Check this link https://www.energystar.gov/about/...ax_credits

It reads: "All other ENERGY STAR federal tax credits expired at the end of 2016."
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For My location(nor Cal), there is $300 Rebate from pge, starting from 1/1/17 to 12/31/17.

Anyone know what kind of flex hose I can use in connecting to existing hot/cold water pile. This water heater has higher heigh than my current one. I think there is flexible hose I can use in this application, but don't know which.
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You are right. Check this link https://www.energystar.gov/about/...ax_credits

It reads: "All other ENERGY STAR federal tax credits expired at the end of 2016."
So there's NO federal rebates on water heaters for 2017?
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So there's NO federal rebates on water heaters for 2017?
The only one I can find is a Solar Energy rebate that has a few years left on it. The way things are going, I wouldn't be too surprised if the Energy Star program was abolished and we started getting federal rebates on coal burning water heaters.
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My power company had a $300 rebate. PPL (for north-east customers) still has this rebate going. In the case of these Rheem units, it's $400 because they exceed 2.75 energy factor.
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Why is this called a hybrid water heater? I see it's electric, but no other fuel source? I'll search more when I get home I guess.

Edit: oh a hybrid heat pump. Sounds interesting.
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I read some reviews after seeing lots of ads on facebook for the Rheem water heaters. There were tons of bad reviews. I'm not sure if it was just for certain models, but be sure you do some research before getting one of these.
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Will this really save you $10-15/month in energy savings?
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