Heat Pump systems can heat a home for less money than gas heating because typically 85% of the heating needs come from first stage heating.
Dual fuel systems have first stage heat pump heating systems with second stage gas heating – which replace traditional heat strips. This can be package or split system with propane or natural gas.
New system installations may qualify for up to $500 rebates through Berkeley Electric Cooperative’s Dual Fuel program.
You can also receive a $500 rebate when you replace gas heat with a dual fuel system (limit one rebate per home).
Savings for customers on comparison new home:
Natural Gas heating at 80% AFUE and $1.15 per therm
Heat pump with 80% efficient gas backup at 9.5 cents per kWh
Heat pump HSPF 8.2
Operating cost comparison:
(All Cooling systems based on 13 SEER, new home 1909 sq. ft.)
Heat Pump Heating: $377 per winter
Natural Gas Heating at 80% AFUE: $598 per winter
Dual Fuel Heat Pump with 80% AFUE back up: $370 per winter