Your Water Heater vs The National Average



The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Appliance Energy Conservation Act is helping water heaters to get a makeover in 2015. This law, which took effect April 16, 2015, holds manufacturers accountable for meeting higher standards when producing residential water heaters. These changes, which the government does not govern, can benefit homeowners over time in terms of higher energy efficiency, lower energy bills, and longer appliance life.

What does this mean for consumers?

Consumers may experience growing pains during the transition from old water heaters to NAECA 2015-compliant heaters. Consumers will be most affected by a rise in the price of water heaters. Manufacturers may need to change how water heaters use electricity, so additional parts or steps may be required. Unfortunately, the consumer will have to pay this extra cost. What price rise can consumers be prepared to pay? This is yet to be determined. It is unlikely, but it would significantly increase, and the added cost may slightly miff some consumers.

Do I need to purchase a new NAECA-compliant water heater?

No. No. Are you looking for a water heater that will replace an old unit? Until stock runs out, retailers will continue to carry pre-2015 models for consumers who don’t want to spend more on upgraded water heaters. If you are looking for a bargain, this is the right time to purchase. Stores will often offer deep discounts to clear out their stock. If you are interested in buying NAECA 2015-compliant heaters, make sure to note the date of manufacture on the model that you buy. Only water heaters made after April 16, 2015, are guaranteed to comply with the NAECA 2015. The energy-saving features act requires it. Lasiter or Lasiter Plumbing Company can provide additional information and expert advice. Expert technicians will help you save money on your water heating costs by guiding you.

6 Things You Didn’t Know About Water Heaters

Many homeowners take their water heaters as a given every day. We often forget to think about our water heaters until we run low on hot water, especially during a shower. The water heater installation team wanted to share some fun facts about water heaters that you might not know.

1. Energy Usage

Your water heater heats water to heat water for washing dishes, laundry, and showers. This accounts for around 1/4 of your energy consumption. An average American household uses 80 to 120 gallons of hot water each day.

2.The First Model

In London, a painter discovered heat water using gas burners placed at the bottom water pipes. Edwin Ruud (a Norwegian mechanical engineer) was inspired to design the first tank-type water heater. He then brought the idea to Pittsburgh.

3. Exploding Water Heaters

Although it is a myth, the legend of an exploding water heater may be true. Although a water heater can explode, there are simple ways you can prevent it. You can regulate the temperature and psi, as well as check for rust or leaking gas.

4. Water heater life span

A tank water heater can last between 10-13 years, while a tankless heater can last about 18-20 years.

5. Green Solutions

Geothermal solutions can be a way to forgo the traditional water heater and go green. Geothermal energy heats your water using the heat from the earth.

6. Water Useage

A person who takes a shower will need 6-8 gallons, while someone who takes a bath will need 15-20 gallons. Someone doing laundry will need 20-30 gallons, while someone doing dishes will use 2 gallons per minute. A dishwasher will require 6-10 gallons for each load.

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