How New Water Heater Standards Affect Consumers

crn2-250Now that the new National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA) standards for water heaters have taken effect as of April 16, consumers are asking ‘how will this affect me?’ National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Cooperative Research Network summarized that the bottom line is for consumers using tanks less than 55-gallons (which is about 95 percent of the electric market), there will be a moderate increase in the required energy efficiency levels and a few inches increase to the tanks’ width and/or height.  Consumers can expect a likely price increase as well, although the extent is unknown at this time.

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