Hayward makes progress toward its clean energy goals by installing new heat pump water heaters at several city facilities

July 25, 2023

Last year, the City partnered with PG&E and Willdan to replace nineteen natural gas-fired water heaters with electric heat pump models across several city facilities including the fire stations, main police station, and Weekes Library. 

Heat pump technology works by extracting heat from the surrounding air. As a result, HPWHs are up to four times more efficient than their gas-powered counterparts allowing water to be heated with less energy. If you are on a time-of-use (TOU) rate plan, you can schedule a HPWH to heat up during off-peak times so the water heater uses the lowest-cost electricity available to heat your water. 

Installing electric appliances like heat pump water heaters (HPWH) is an important step toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions and addressing climate change. In total, the nineteen HPWHs will save the City an estimated 80 metric tons of CO2 (14,993 therms) per year. This is the equivalent of taking nearly 18 cars off the road for a year. 

Incentives from East Bay Community Energy and BayREN are available to help customers save thousands on their HPWH upgrades. For more information and resources about the benefits of electric appliances, please visit The Switch Is On