Orlando Water Heater Rebate Puts a Fast $650 in Homeowners’ Pockets, New GE® Water Heater Saves Even More

It just got easier to save money on utility bills in Orlando, thanks to a new rebate program from utility partner Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC). When consumers and builders buy the new GE® GeoSpring™ Hybrid Water Heater, they are eligible to apply for a $650 rebate, reducing the cost to purchase the water heater. The ENERGY STAR®-qualified water heater saves up to $325 per year on utility bills, which means the GeoSpring quickly pays for itself.*

Over 10 years, this savings can add up to more than $3,000 that can be used toward a vacation, a shopping spree, a home improvement or a rainy-day fund instead of being unnecessarily drained into the utility bill.

“Many consumers are unaware that the water heater is the second biggest energy drain in the home behind the HVAC system,” said Keith Burkhardt, marketing manager for GE Appliances. “Through this rebate program, money is saved on both the product purchase and on utility bills—money the family can spend on something more enjoyable.”

Technology that drives energy and cost savings

The GeoSpring’s hybrid technology is designed to absorb heat in ambient air and transfer it into the water. Since this uses much less energy than what’s needed to generate radiant heat—as used in a conventional electric tank water heater—the GeoSpring is more economical to operate.

Other features of the GeoSpring include:

  • Includes the same water and electrical connections as the standard electric water heater, making it easy to install.
  • Provides the same amount of hot water as traditional 50-gallon standard electric water heaters.
  • Integrated electronics on the GeoSpring’s control panel offer exclusive features, such as Vacation mode, which will lower the water temperature to 50 degrees for the duration of a trip, and then automatically reenergize itself the day before the homeowner’s return.
  • Offers additional control over water temperature by allowing consumers to adjust the temperature setting in one-degree increments from 100 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit.

“The goal of our rebates is to help customers reduce their energy and water consumption and, in turn, their utility bills,” said Byron Knibbs, OUC vice president of sustainable services. “Installing an energy-efficient, heat pump water heater can cut a home’s water heating costs by more than half, making it an effective way for homeowners to save energy, water and money.”

Rebate details

The rebate can be applied when replacing existing electric water heaters. All receipts/invoices must be dated and submitted within 12 months of the date work is completed. Rebate applications are available at energy-efficient water heater retailers and online at www.ouc.com.

When submitting a rebate application, the water heater’s model number must be included on the contractor’s invoice. Receipt and proof of ENERGY STAR® qualification are also required to receive this rebate. For work performed by the customer: If the receipt does not include the model number, submit a copy of the retailer’s item description of the product installed. Rebates will appear as a credit on the consumer’s OUC bill. Processing takes six to eight weeks.

As an added convenience to simplify the shopping experience, GE Appliances’ new Rebate Finder easily allows consumers to see rebates by appliance model that may be available in their area. From GEAppliances.com, simply enter your zip code and select Water Heaters in the product field to view rebate details and submit.

Pricing and availability

Assembly of the new GeoSpring Hybrid Water Heaters started in February in Louisville, Ky. GeoSpring is available at national retailers such as Lowe’s and Sears and national plumbing distributors such as Ferguson, as well as many local retailers and distributors. For more information on features and availability, visit www.GEAppliances.com/GeoSpring. The estimated retail price for GeoSpring is $1,199-$1,299.**

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