Preparing for the New Water Heater Efficiency Standards

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), as a part of the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA), will require higher Energy Factor (EF) ratings on almost all residential gas, electric, oil and tankless gas water heaters starting on April 16, 2015. As your partner, Rheem is committed to helping our wholesalers and contractors maximize the positive impact of new energy-and cost-saving technologies. The charts below summarize the new EFs required for water heaters in 2015:

What You Can Expect

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Wholesalers and contractors may continue to sell existing water heaters manufactured before April 16, 2015, until inventory is depleted. The products that will be most affected by the new NAECA standards are large capacity residential and standard gas and electric water heaters. Most standard water heaters will undergo some changes to meet the new minimum efficiency levels, such as added insulation. Rest assured, we are taking the necessary steps to ensure that our customers have access to a full spectrum of efficient water heaters. In fact, we have approximately 40 residential products in our current product portfolio that already comply with the new minimum standards. When it comes to meeting and exceeding NAECA 2015 standards, we’re ahead of the game.

Looking Ahead to 2015

At Rheem, we continue to work closely with regulators, monitor industry trends, and develop advanced technologies in order to expand and evolve our products. In fact, Karen Meyers, Rheem’s Corporate Director of Government Relations, has been leading dialogues with industry media about the upcoming regulation. You can read an article by Karen from the June issue of Contractor magazine here (registration required). This article is also attached as a PDF for your convenience.

We’ve also attached a helpful brochure about the new water heater efficiency standards that includes a list of the current Rheem products that are NAECA-compliant. We’ve also included order forms that you can use to request any of our NAECA-focused literature. In addition, there’s an order form attached that you can use to request any of our NAECA-focused literature. You can expect to receive educational materials and timely information from Rheem in the future. In the meantime, please visit www.Rheem.com/ReadyWithRheem or contact your sales representative if you have any immediate questions.

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This spring, the Department of Energy (DOE) and the American Public Gas Association (APGA) reached a settlement agreement on the implementation of the Federal Regional Efficiency Standards, which will go into effect January 1, 2015 for air conditioners and heat pumps (split system and packaged). The regional furnace efficiency standards, which were originally scheduled for implementation in May 2013, were vacated as part of the DOE/APGA settlement agreement and are currently being reconsidered. These new standards can be complicated, as they affect contractors, distributors and manufacturers in different ways depending on geographic area and equipment type.

January 2015 may seem like it’s far off, but it will be here before you know it. And, we want to ensure you are ready for the Regional Efficiency Standards. Here, we’ll talk about some of the frequently-asked questions regarding the regional standards to help you prepare. The following is our interpretation of the 2015 Regional Efficiency Standards, based on information released by the DOE. Click Here for more information.