Hubb Explains New Water Heater Standards in 2015
If you see water heater replacement in your near future, you may consider making the switch in the next few months. That is because in April of 2015, a new energy efficiency standard will take effect for new installations of residential water heaters in the US. The regulations are great for the environment, but may not initially be great on your pocketbook. We at Hubb Plumbing want you to be informed! Here’s what we know so far:
The changes will affect all types of new installations. Each type of tank will have a required Energy Factor rating. These EF ratings will be achieved through more insulation, changing technologies and smaller tanks.
The Cons: Installation will be more complicated, and as a result, will probably end up being more expensive. Also, the new hardware will definitely cost more than traditional heaters. In addition to cost, homeowners may need to consider relocating the water heater, depending on the size model they choose. Unless it is a tank-less heater, it may also effect the amount of water that can be heated at one time.
The Pros: More energy efficient heaters will likely save you money over time. As you use less energy to heat water, you should notice a big difference in your electric or gas bill. The other great benefit will be a huge reduction in emissions. According to Bridget Scanlon director at the Propane Education & Research Council, “residential water heating is often the second largest energy use in the home… homeowners can reduce energy costs by up to 50% and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 61%.”
Hubb Plumbing technicians will be training to learn how to meet these new energy efficiency standards. When the time comes, we will provide each of our customers with information about the approved models and any changes in installation costs.
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