US plans water heater standards, says they will save consumers $11 billion

US plans water heater standards, says they will save consumers $11 billion

The U.S. Department of Energy has proposed energy efficiency standards for water heaters, stating that it would result in annual savings of $11.4 billion for consumers on energy and water bills. These standards, which are required by Congress, have not been updated in 13 years. The DOE highlights that water heating accounts for approximately 13% of both annual residential energy use and consumer utility costs.

Under the proposal, the most common-sized electric water heaters would need to achieve efficiency gains through heat pump technology, while gas-fired water heaters would need to achieve efficiency gains through condensing technology. If finalized, these standards would take effect in 2029 and are expected to save nearly $200 billion and reduce over 500 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions over 30 years. This reduction is equivalent to the combined annual emissions of 63 million homes or approximately 50% of homes in the United States.

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm supports the proposal, stating that it aligns with the administration’s efforts to lower energy costs for working families. A joint statement from water heater maker Rheem, the environmental group Natural Resources Defense Council, and efficiency and consumer advocacy organizations welcomes the new standards.

However, tankless water heater maker Rinnai (5947.T) opposes the proposed standards for its products, claiming that they are “technologically impossible” and would limit consumer choice.

The Biden administration, led by President Joe Biden, a Democrat, has already issued proposed or final efficiency standards for 18 product categories this year. In contrast, former President Donald Trump, a Republican, expressed dissatisfaction with efficiency standards for shower heads, arguing that they interfered with his hair rinsing. His Energy Department relaxed energy standards for shower heads, but the Biden administration reversed this rule in 2021.

The article was reported by Timothy Gardner in Washington and Nichola Groom in Los Angeles, with editing by Alison Williams and Matthew Lewis. The article adheres to The Thomson RushHourDaily Trust Principles.

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