Department of Energy

October 12, 2015
What Size Water Heater Do I Need?

What Size Water Heater Do I Need?

Want to have some fun? Let’s go shopping for a major home appliance! How about a water heater? But before we go shopping to select a new water heater, first we have to figure out what size water heater we need. Plus, we have to determine which type of water heater we want. Types of Water Heaters First Hour Rating on Storage Tank Water Heater EnergyGuide Label If you are replacing an existing water heater, in most cases your old unit includes a water storage tank. The simplest replacement scenario would be to swap out the old water heater with […]
July 24, 2015

6 Ways to Reduce Your Hot Water Bills

Most homeowners don’t fully understand the ongoing cost of their water heater — especially older, less-efficient water heaters. The reality is, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, (on the ENERGY STAR and Energy.gov websites) your water heater, with typical usage, accounts for 14% to 18% of your energy costs. If your family is prone to using a lot of hot water, that figure could reach 20% to 25% of your monthly energy bill, especially if you use an electric tank-type water heater. Here are 6 ways to lower your hot water bills: 1. Wash your laundry in cold water. […]
July 16, 2015

Water Heater Technology Changes Homeowners Need to Know

Water heater technology and efficiency have changed considerably. Based on the changes in the requirements by the Department of Energy for water heater efficiency, which went into effect on April 16, 2015, the primary change that now affects the production of new water heaters is that they need to have a higher Energy Factor (EF) rating. The EF rating of a water heater is based on the percentage of the energy it uses that is actually converted to hot water rather than being wasted. For example, a water heater with a 0.75 EF converts 75% of the energy it consumes […]