Apr, 15

A Breakdown of New Water Heater Standards

Most of us don’t think about our water heater until that awful moment in the shower when the hot water’s run out. However, it’s time to pay attention, because as of April 16, 2015, new efficiency regulations have been put into place. Here’s a breakdown of new water heater standards:

Electric water heater

1. They apply to all types

Whether you have a gas, electric or oil water heater, the new water heater standards apply to you. If you own a tankless water heater, you’re in luck — most already meet the new standards for efficiency.

2. Large units are most affected

Water heaters with a capacity of 55 gallons or more “will need to shift to new technologies to achieve the efficiency gains,” according to Consumer Reports. The update can cut utility costs by up to 50 percent, depending on what technology is used.

3. Residential water heaters won’t see a big difference

Most home water heaters do hold less than 55 gallons of water, so they won’t be affected as much. In fact, the new standards will increase efficiency by only around 4 percent. Models from brands like Bradford White and Rheem are already on the market and comply with the new water heater standards.

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