Thursday, September 20, 2012

ACT NOW FOR NEW GOVERNMENT REBATE: Energy Star Tankless Water Heater Program

Replace Your Aging Water Heater with a qualifying natural gas ENERGY STAR Tankless model and you could save on energy costs, plus you’ll be eligible for a rebate of up to $500. For more quick info, Call House Smart Home Improvements now at 604-585-2020.


Heating water typically takes between 20 per cent and 35 per cent of your home’s total energy use. So it makes sense to install the most efficient model you can afford. Natural gas water heater efficiency is usually measured by an energy factor (EF) rating. The higher the EF rating, the more efficient the water heater. To qualify as ENERGY STAR, gas-fired tankless water heaters must achieve a minimum 0.82 EF rating.

Go tankless to boost efficiency

ENERGY STAR tankless models have an EF between 0.82 and 0.99, making them much more efficient than standard natural gas storage tanks typically found in homes today. They also take up much less space, freeing up valuable square footage.
House Smart Home Improvements professionally installs all Energy Star products. Call 604-585-2020
Tankless models don’t store hot water, so they may not be able to meet many simultaneous demands like a storage tank can. Before deciding if you want to go tankless, consider the ways you use hot water at home, including appliances, faucets and the number of people using hot water at any given time.

Tankless not for you?

Consider a hybrid or condensing storage tank. Hybrids offer the best features of a tankless model with the added convenience of a small storage tank. Condensing storage tanks provide all the benefits of a traditional gas-fired storage tank, but at a much higher efficiency. You won't find an energy factor if you choose one of these technologies, but you will find a thermal efficiency (TE) rating. Rebate qualifying condensing storage tanks and hybrid water heaters will not have an ENERGY STAR® label at this time (both technologies are currently under review to be eligible for the ENERGY STAR label). 

Available rebates

Water heater type​​Efficiency rating*​Rebate
Non-condensing tankless​0.82 - 0.89 EF​$400​
Condensing tankless​0.90 - 0.99 EF​$500​
Condensing hybrid ​90 - 99% TE ​$500​
Condensing storage tank​90 - 99% TE ​$1,000​
*Ef - energy factor; TE = thermal efficiency

Still not sure?

Deciding which technology is right for you can be tough. It’s a balance between how much you want to spend and how much you hope to save over time. You’ll likely pay more for a water heater with a higher EF or TE rating, but your utility costs should be lower.

How to apply

  1. Review the terms and conditions for Tankless & hybrid or Condensing storage tank.
  2. Have a qualifying water heater installed by House Smart Home Improvements registered with the BC Safety Authority (BCSA). House Smart's professional team can help you with the easy process to receive your rebate.
  3. Rebates take a minimum of 90 days to process and are mailed to you directly.


  • Water heaters must be purchased between July 6, 2012 and June 30, 2013.
  • Applications must be postmarked no later than July 31, 2013.
  • Applications must be submitted within 60 days of purchase.


Call House Smart Home Improvements at 604-585-2020 Today.
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