Technology is constantly improving to make our lives easier, healthier and decrease our footprint. With that, comes higher demand for energy efficient products. Starting April 16, 2015, the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA) is raising the energy efficiency standards for residential water heaters. This is expected to result in $63 billion in energy savings between 2015 and 2044. But what does this mean for you?
“In the electric category, the new standard effectively prohibits 55 gallon or greater water heaters,” said Heatworks CEO Jerry Callahan. “Standard 65-gallon and 80-gallon electric water heaters will disappear from the market completely, and homeowners who want these large capacity units will have to invest double in a heat pump driven design that meets DOE efficiency standards.”
For plumbers, installers and homeowners, the new regulations mean changes to the size and weight of products, increased costs, and complexities added to transportation, storage and installation.
The MODEL 1’s ability to accept pre-heated water is unique among tankless water heaters, meaning that homeowners can use the MODEL 1 in conjunction with their existing standard unit. Point of use installation of the MODEL 1 can extend the amount of hot water in a traditional tank, and allow users to set a lower temperature for the main storage tank. As DOE regulations push up the cost of storage water heaters, the MODEL 1 has also become a less expensive alternative for consumers in need of replacement.
The MODEL 1 can significantly improve the performance and efficiency of any water heating system, anywhere in the world. It can be used in conjunction with an existing water heating system, as a standalone alternative to a central tank-type water heater, or at points of use to generate instant hot water and save the gallons of water typically wasted waiting for hot water to arrive.
Sources: Plumbing Engineer Magazine