Heating appliances like residential water heaters, pool heaters and direct heating equipment such as gas fireplaces are notorious for racking up your energy bill when in use. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) though wants to improve the energy efficiency of these items so they are easier on the planet and your wallet. To that end it was announced this week new higher energy efficiency standards that reportedly will save consumers up to $10 billion and prevent up to 164 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions over 30 years.
The previously mentioned heating devices, according to the DOE, account for about 18 percent of energy use in homes across the country. It is believed that the new standards being put into place will decrease energy use in large electric storage water heaters by 47 percent and by more than 30 percent in large gas water heaters. Plans are that “the standards for water heaters will go into effect in 2015, while the standards for pool heaters and direct heating equipment – including gas-fired wall, floor and hearth heaters – will apply to products manufactured in 2013 and beyond.”
“These energy-conserving appliance standards are a critical part of the Administration’s overall efforts to save energy in homes and businesses nationwide,” said DOE Secretary Steven Chu in a statement. “By raising the energy efficiency requirements of our everyday appliances, we will save money for American families and companies, reduce carbon pollution, and enhance our energy security for decades to come.”
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