You probably don’t think about your home or business’ water heater until you’ve run out of hot water. If you need to buy a new one in the next couple of weeks, it’s important that you educate yourself on new federal regulations requiring water heaters to be more efficient. Here’s what you need to know about the new water heater standards:
According to Consumer Reports, the new efficiency standards, which have been set by the U.S. Department of Energy, will affect businesses more than homeowners: “…larger units — those 55 gallons or more — will need to shift to new technologies to achieve the efficiency gains.” The update is expected to cut utility bills by up to 50 percent.
New standards for water heaters with a capacity of 55 gallons or less will only increase efficiency by about 4 percent. In fact, water heaters that comply with the updated regulations are already available from manufacturers like A.O. Smith and Rheem.
If you do need to invest in a modern water heater for your home after April 15, 2015, you’ll have to follow the new standards. Your new water heater may be a couple of inches larger than your old one, but other than that you probably won’t notice the difference!
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