Cape Fear
Green Building Alliance

Water Heating

Water heating is the second largest energy consumer after heating and cooling, accounting for about 18% of your home’s energy use. Clothes washing tops the list for hot water usage, followed by showering, bathing and automatic dishwashing.

If you’re planning to purchase a new water heater, consider these energy saving options:
  • An ENERGY STAR rated electric heat pump water heater can save an average family $300 per year.
  • By taking advantage of federal and state tax credits, you can acquire a solar water heating system for about 1/3 of its actual cost.  You can save even more with discounts from local service providers. See printable coupons on CFGBA’s web site. 
  • On demand or tankless water heaters can be 34% more efficient than standard tank storage units.

To maximize the efficiency of your existing water heater:
  • Lower your water heater’s thermostat to 120°.
  • Insulate the tank of your hot water heater. Please follow the manufacturer’s instructions or hire a professional.
  • Insulate the first six feet of hot and cold water pipes connected to your water heater.

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Financial Resources


  • $300 for non-solar heaters and 30% of costs for solar





Paving the Way to Home Energy Efficiency
Call to schedule a presentation about retrofits for your group. Learn how to make your home more energy efficient and save money on your power bills. 910-470-5697 or 910-540-3783

The Retrofit Roadshow is an outreach program of the CFGBA, funded by a grant award from the NC Green Business Fund and ARRA. 





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