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Effective May 16, 2015, new federal efficiency standards will be in effect for manufacturers of water heaters. On that date, they will no longer be able to produce water heaters under the old standards. To read the Department of Energy announcement and standards click here.

US Department of Energy has published a paper here.

Bradford White, a large water heater manufacturer has posted some good information here:

To view our company's press release for these updated regulations, please click here.

CenterPoint Energy and Xcel Energy have rebates available for installation of certain water heaters. Please click the links to investigate what may be available to you.

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What this means for homeowners:

Water Heaters will be more expensive – although new prices are not out yet, wholesalers are estimating a 20% to 40% increase in the cost of the water heaters themselves. Installation costs will be higher due to larger size of the water heater and more complex installation.

The NEW water heaters, although more costly, will be more energy efficient.

From Bradford White’s website:

The homeowner may have to deal with increased product and installation costs. In some cases, the water heater will have to be re-located to operate properly, or mitigate noise. While the operating cost of the new water heaters will be less because of their increased energy efficiency, it is likely that the maintenance costs will increase because of a more complex design, and the integration of electronics, blowers, fans, condensers, etc.

As the deadline approaches, more and more wholesalers will run out of water heaters as homeowners and contractors try to install the current-standard, less expensive water heaters while they are still available

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