When it comes to water heater selection, electric water heaters offer numerous benefits over their propane (gas) counterparts.
Air quality & safety
Since electric water heaters don’t burn gas, there’s zero risk of unburned hydrocarbons or other toxic gases affecting the air your family breathes. An electric water heater requires no venting and poses no CO2 concerns.
Space & versatility
The water heater space allotment in your home often determines what will work best. An electric water heater installation requires zero clearance. Because electric water heaters require no connection to a gas line, they can be installed in almost any area of your home, and they integrate seamlessly with most heat pump systems.
Accessibility & durability
With no pilot light to worry about, you can simply and safely switch off your electric water if you’re planning to leave home for an extended period or just want to save energy. Since there are no moving parts and no pilot light, electric water heaters are very low maintenance. They are constructed of non-rusting materials designed to last longer—and many even include a lifetime warranty.
An energy-efficient (rating .95 and above) 50-gallon electric water heater will cost a family of four about $40 per month to operate. Electric rates are considerably more stable than gas. For example, East-Central Iowa Rural Electric Cooperative’s price per kilowatt-hour has increased 4.6% (less than a half a cent) over the past 10 years. Installation costs are also considerably less with an electric water heater.
Buy a new, energy-efficient electric water heater and receive a $75 rebate. Receive a $650 rebate for the purchase of an air source heat.