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July 16, 2014

Government Mandate for Green Water Heaters Take Effect Next Spring

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the water heater in your Delaware home accounts for 12% of your utility bill and leaves a higher carbon footprint than any other appliance, except for your HVAC system. The Department of Energy mandate for new energy efficient standards set back in 2010 will take effect April 16, 2015.

What does this mean?

“The water heater standards issued by the United States Department of Energy are stricter than thoseoriginally proposed … which had received a lukewarm reaction from environmentalists. The biggest change increases the energy efficiency mandates for water heaters that hold 55 gallons or more of water.” [New York Times;‘New Efficiency Standards for Water Heaters’ By TODD WOODY APRIL 1, 2010 1:17 PM]

The new standards will increase the cost of water heater replacement by an estimated $120. However, it is expected to save the homeowner $143 in utility bills over the life of the water heater. The main benefit will be a decrease in carbon dioxide emissions of 164 million metric tons, comparable to the elimination of 46 million cars a year.

The DOE mandates the standards, however manufacturers determine the manner in which to meet them. The actual changes will vary according to capacity and class of the water heater. Changes will be miniscule for the water heaters under 55 gallons and greater for the larger volume water heaters.

The Obama administration claims that the new energy efficiency standards for water heaters and other appliances will benefit consumers by a savings of $10 billion over a 30 year period and cut greenhouse gas emissions significantly. (NYTimes)

The EPA maintains a list of special incentives that may be available, like rebates or breaks on sales tax. http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=rebate.rebate_locator

What do you think about the new energy efficient standards?

Do you need help with your hot water heater installation and/or replacement in your Delaware Home? Contact Gold Star Services for more information. www.goldstarcooling.com or contact us at 1-302-485-1649

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