What is your opinion on the comparison of the operating costs of a propane tankless water heater vs. an electric hybrid? -Charles

Hi Charles,

Anytime you’re comparing standard tank type natural gas and electric hot water heaters, natural gas will almost always be cheaper to operate. The energy cost for a propane hot water heater, however, is usually more expensive than either natural gas or electric. To compare the operating expenses of all three energy sources in your area, use our online hot water heater energy cost calculator.

Both natural gas tankless and electric heat pump hybrid hot water heaters are much more energy efficient than standard tank type water heaters and can save quite a bit over the long run on the energy cost of heating hot water.

Good luck with your project,


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