How Will New Water Heater Energy Savings Standards Affect You?

Standards mandatory in 2015 will save approximately 3.3 quads of energy and result in approximately $63 billion in energy bill savings for products shipped from 2015-2044. The standard will avoid about 172.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions, equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions of about 33.8 million automobiles. These changes will have an impact on how water heaters are designed, manufactured, tested, distributed, and installed, affecting manufacturers, wholesalers, installers and customers alike.

What this means to you…

Electric water heaters will likely require more insulation. This will increase the diameter and/or height of the water heater. Additional insulation may be required for piping and fittings such as drain and T&P valves. Electric water heaters over 55 gallons (< 12 kW input) will likely utilize integrated heat pumps to meet the new EF requirements, based on currently available technology. All of this translates to the fact that the newer water heaters, due to be manufactured exclusively beginning April 2015, will be wider and taller and may not fit in your current water heater location if you are in a condominium, mobile home or bungalow type situation.

How we can help…

Southern Plumbing Solutions is strongly encouraging our customers with older units to change their water heaters to like models currently available. Be proactive, save money, save on space issues, change your water heater today! Call for special group pricing for homeowner and condominium associations.

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