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Water Heating

Upgrade your water heater to an ENERGY STAR® certified model and save.

Don’t let your water heater drain your bank account. When your water heater stops working you have a great opportunity to upgrade to a more efficient system and the DCSEU can help.

Quick Info: Work with a participating DCSEU contractor to maximize energy savings and make sure your purchase is eligible for a rebate from the DCSEU.


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Yearly Energy Cost Savings:
Save 12%-48%
when you replace your water heater with a new energy efficient one.

What to Look For When Buying a New Water Heater

If you need to replace an old or failing water heating system, or are ready to upgrade, we recommend that you:

1. Decide what size you need.

If your current water heater meets your needs most of the time, you can probably replace it with one the same size. Your DCSEU participating contractor can help you decide if a larger model is necessary.

2. Choose the best fit for your hot water needs.

High efficiency water heaters often require direct venting outside. Tankless water heaters require a certain amount of gas pressure to operate. Your installer can determine which models are a good fit for your home.

3. Get a quote from a DCSEU Participating Contractor.

Equipment must be installed by a DCSEU Participating Contractor to be eligible for rebates. The installer should confirm the optimal water heater size for you home. When requesting a quote, remember to:

  • Request cost estimates in writing.
  • Ask for references.
  • Check to see if the company is licensed to perform heating and plumbing work in District of Columbia. Equipment must be installed by contractors licensed in DC in order to be eligible for DCSEU rebates.
  • Confirm that the company will obtain a local permit to install your water heater and understands local residential building codes.



Water heaters must be installed by a DCSEU Participating Contractor in order to qualify for rebates. Contractors must have a valid DC Master Plumbing/Gas Fitter license to offer water heating. If your contractor is not listed, please ask them to contact the DCSEU to enroll.


Qualifying Product

Qualifying Efficiency Level

Rebate Amount

ENERGY STAR Qualified Storage Water Heater, ≤ 75 gallons, 75,000 BTU/hr

EF 0.67+


ENERGY STAR Qualified Light Duty EPACT Natural Gas Storage Water Heater, 75,000 - 100,000 BTU/hr

TE ≥ 0.90


ENERGY STAR Qualified Tankless Water Heater

EF 0.90+


ENERGY STAR Qualified Heat Pump Electric Water Heater, ≤ 55 gallons

EF ≥ 2.0


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Work with your DCSEU participating contractor to find out which equipment is eligible for rebates or apply for a rebate online if you have worked with a participating contractor to install qualifying equipment. Equipment must be installed on or after 10/1/17 to qualify for rebates. For more information, contact us at 202-479-2222 or info@dcseu.com.

Find a Contractor

* Star ratings are determined from the results of Customer Satisfaction surveys.

Ben's Air Conditioning & Heating
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3308 Geaton Dr
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
(301) 952-0424

All-Pro Services, Inc.
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1215 Ritchie Road
Capitol Heights, MD 20743
(301) 350-3800

John G. Webster Company
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10738 Tucker Street
Beltsville, MD 20705
(240) 433-1300

Real Plumbers (Warner Super Service, Inc)
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7321 Livingston Road
Oxon Hill, MD 20745
(301) 567-2001

Magnolia Plumbing Heating & Cooling
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600 Gallatin Street NE
Washington, DC 20017
(202) 829-8510

B&B Air Conditioning and Heating Service Company
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12324 Wilkins Ave
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 881-2700

John C Flood-6430 General Green Way
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6430 General Green Way
Alexandria, VA 22313
(202) 333-8229

Tankless Concepts DBA Fireside Specialities Inc.
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6312 Seven Corners Center #164
Falls Church, VA 22044
(888) 440-3334

Climate Heating and Cooling
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6714-A Electronic Drive
Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 750-4008

Foley Mechanical Inc.
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8390 Terminal Road
Lorton, VA 22079
(703) 339-8030

Vito Services
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681 Southlawn Lane
Rockville, MD 20850
(301) 251-0211

JM Plumbing & Heating
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5242 Port Royal Rd Ste 1401
Springfield, VA 22150
(202) 351-6878

James A. Wheat & Sons, Inc.
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7834 Beechcraft Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
(301) 670-1944

Michael Bonsby Heating and Air Conditioning
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7950 Cessna Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
(301) 990-7970

Presidential Heating & AC
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8000 Cessna Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
(301) 670-0851

CroppMetcalfe Heating & Air Conditioning
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8421 Hilltop Rd
Fairfax, VA 22031
(703) 698-8855

Polar Bear Air Conditioning and Heating Inc.
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8472 A Tyco Road
Vienna, VA 22182
(202) 333-1310

Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating, & Plumbing
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12 Meem Avenue Suite A
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
(301) 605-9406

Argent Heating and Cooling
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501 Church Street NE Suite 306
Vienna, VA 22180
(703) 281-6300

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