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 a package or split system with propane or natural gas.
New system installations may now qualify for up to a $1000 rebate through Berkeley Electric Cooperative’s Dual Fuel program when switching from gas to duel fuel.
A $500 rebate is available to members switching from a heat pump to a dual fuel system. Both rebates are limited to one per home.
For more information about the Duel Fuel Heating program, please e-mail us. For additional heating and cooling rebates, visit our Earth Connect program page.
Savings for customers on comparison> new home:
- Natural Gas heating at 80% AFUE and $1.35 per Therm
- Heat pump with 80% efficient gas backup at 10.7 cents per kWh
- Heat pump HSPF 8.2
Operating cost comparison:
(All heat pump systems based on 15 SEER, existing 10-year-old home with 1909 sq. ft., includes electricity cost for heating)
- Heat Pump Heating: $454 per winter
- Natural Gas Heating at 80% AFUE: $763 per winter
- Dual Fuel Heat Pump with 80% AFUE backup: $452 per winter
- Geothermal system at 4.31 COP: $276 per winter
Air source heat pumps can offer significant heating savings compared to natural gas and propane. Comparison based on Wrightsoft Suite HVAC software comparison (updated 08/22)