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US Set to Implement Water Heater Standards, Promising in $11 Billion in Consumer Savings

The U.S. Department of Energy proposed energy efficiency guidelines for water heaters on Friday, claiming that doing so would result in yearly consumer savings of $11.4 billion on energy and water costs.

Congress mandates efficiency criteria for home water heaters, but they haven’t been revised in 13 years. According to the DOE, water heating accounts for around 13% of yearly home energy use and consumer utility expenses.

The idea calls for condensing technology to increase the efficiency of gas-fired water heaters and heat pump technology to increase the efficiency of the most widely used electric water heaters.

The standards would take effect in 2029 and, if approved, the DOE estimates that they would save close to $200 billion while reducing carbon dioxide emissions by more than 500 million metric tonnes over a 30-year period. This is roughly equivalent to the annual emissions of 63 million homes, or roughly 50% of all homes in the US.

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The U.S. Department of Energy proposed energy efficiency guidelines for water heaters on Friday, claiming that doing so would result in yearly consumer savings of $11.4 billion on energy and water costs.

 

In a joint statement, Rheem, a manufacturer of water heaters, the environmental organization Natural Resources Defense Council, and advocacy groups for efficiency and consumers welcomed the new criteria.

With the release of this proposal, DOE will have proposed or final efficiency standards for 18 product categories this year, which is a crucial step in carrying out Congressional directives for energy savings while enhancing the performance and dependability of home appliances, commercial and industrial equipment, and other products.

However, the manufacturer of tankless water heaters Rinnai claimed that the suggested requirements for its devices were technologically impossible and would limit consumer choice.

For 18 product categories so far this year, the Democratic President Joe Biden’s administration has released proposed or final efficiency criteria.

Republican former president Donald Trump bemoaned the efficiency requirements for shower heads, claiming that they hampered his ability to rinse his hair. His Energy Department loosened requirements on these fixtures. In 2021, the Biden government changed the law regarding shower heads.

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Source: Reuters

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