Is it time to replace your hot water tank?
You’re standing under the shower, you turn the tap on, and out comes cold water. Often it takes several minutes before, finally, the hot water starts flowing. This waiting time is not only a nuisance, but results in a terrible waste of water. If your water heater is in excess of 8 years (or nearing it), you may want to consider changing the heater sooner than later. If in doubt, schedule Custom Services’ plumbing department to come evaluate your heater and provide a comprehensive home plumbing evaluation with our Plumbing Savings Agreement.
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Water Heater – Hot Water Tank Efficiency Changes in 2015
Residential Water Heaters- Manufacturers have been required to comply with the Department of Energy (DOE) energy conservation standards for residential water heaters since 1990. Residential water heaters are products that utilize oil, gas, or electricity to heat potable water for use upon demand for activities such as washing dishes or clothes, or bathing. Residential water heaters include storage type units that store heated water in an insulated tank and instantaneous type units that heat water on demand.
The standard mandatory in 1990 will save approximately 3.2 quads of energy and result in approximately $34.8 billion in energy bill savings for products shipped from 1990-2019. The standard will avoid about 180 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions, equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions of about 35.3 million automobiles.
The standard mandatory in 2004 will save approximately 6 quads of energy and result in approximately $70.6 billion in energy bill savings for products shipped from 2004-2033. The standard will avoid about 316.8 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions, equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions of about 62.1 million automobiles.
Standards mandatory in 2015 will save approximately 3.3 quads of energy and result in approximately $63 billion in energy bill savings for products shipped from 2015-2044. The standard will avoid about 172.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions, equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions of about 33.8 million automobiles.
Helpful Links and Contact Information
Find tips and guidance for making your home, workplace, or vehicle more energy efficient visit EnergySaver.gov.
DOE supports the testing and verification of ENERGY STAR® products in close collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency. ENERGY STAR qualified gas condensing water heaters can save over $100 a year in energy costs compared to the standard model. High efficiency gas storage water heaters can save about $30 a year compared to the standard model. Heat pump water heaters can save the average household almost $300 per year on its electric bills compared to a standard electric water heater. Solar water heaters can reduce annual hot water costs by 50%. Whole home gas tankless water heaters can save the typical family more than $100 per year on gas bills.
Link Information: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/appliance_standards/product.aspx/productid/27