Houston New Water Heaters Will Cost More in 2015 Thanks to New DOE Mandates Home Owner Advisory

Houston New Water Heaters Will Cost More in 2015 Thanks to New DOE Mandates Home Owner Advisory

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Houston New Water Heaters Will Cost More in 2015 Thanks to New DOE Mandates Home Owner Advisory Houston water heater sales and repair service company shares information that could save Houston homeowners money.

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Houston New Water Heaters Will Cost More in 2015 Thanks to New DOE Mandates Home Owner Advisory
Houston water heater sales and repair service company shares information that could save Houston homeowners money. Latest mandates from the Department of Energy are causing prices of water heaters to dramaticallyincrease.
Since 1990, manufacturers have been required to comply with the Department of Energy (DOE) energy conservation standards for residential water heaters. In 2010, the DOE announced mandatory standards changes to be in effect by April 16, 2015. As a result, prices will be up to 50 % higher for new units according to manufactures, and larger sizes will cause problems for homeowners with water heaters in the attic.
Benefits According to the DOE:
Changes to Residential Water Heaters 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.
Houston Homeowner Concerns:
AĐĐordiŶg to AlaŶ O’Neill, CEO ofAbacus Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electrical in Houston, Texas, ͞The ĐhaŶges, ǁhile ďeŶefiĐial iŶ eŶergy effiĐieŶĐy, ǁill siŵply Đost hoŵeoǁŶers ŵore iŶ upfroŶt Đosts.͞
͞Besides higher priĐes,͟ O’Neill ĐoŶtiŶues, ͞there’s also the ǀery real poteŶtial for sigŶifiĐaŶt Đosts associated with plumbiŶg or ĐoŶstruĐtioŶ ŵodifiĐatioŶs if a hoŵeoǁŶer’s ǁater heater is iŶ the attiĐ.͟
Until now, most water heaters fit through the attic opening without a problem. Adding two extra inches to the width and height will make it very difficult, if not impossible to get a new DOE approved 40-50 gallon tank into the attic, which in Houston, is the most common place for two story homes. Houston homeowners with water heaters in the attic will be faced with four basic optionswhen it comes time to replace their water heater:
Replace the water heater with a smaller unit
Modify the width of the attic opening
Relocate the water heater from the attic to the garage or other location in home
Convert to a tankless water heater
Homeowners who are concerned about increased prices and possible construction modification issues, and who know they should replace their water heater within the next year, should do it quickly before
all current models are no longer available, and the only option will be to purchase the newer models. Manufactures have already stopped producing the older models in order to be in full compliance by April 16, 2015 deadline.
Homeowners should request assistance from a local, licensed plumber to help determine the best solutions and options for their home.
Abacus Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electrical specializes in the repair and installation of water heaters in the Houston area and value the trust the homeowners and businesses have placed iŶ the ĐoŵpaŶy’s team of expert technicians. To find out more about Abacus Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electrical and water heater money saving options visit the company websitewww.abacusplumbing.net/