Four leading water heater manufacturers - Bradford White Water Heaters, Rheem Water Heating, Rinnai America Corp. and A. O. Smith Water Heaters - have joined forces with the Consortium for Energy Efficiency to become part of the Coalition for ENERGY STAR® Water Heaters.
Four leading water
heater manufacturers - Bradford White Water Heaters, Rheem Water Heating,
Rinnai America Corp. and A. O. Smith Water Heaters - have joined forces with
the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) to become part of the Coalition for
ENERGY STAR® Water Heaters.
Beginning Jan. 1,
2009, manufacturers were allowed to apply the ENERGY STAR mark for the first
time to their qualifying models. For a gas-fired water heater to be
eligible for ENERGY STAR, it must have a minimum energy factor (EF) of 0.62 for
storage water heaters, a minimum EF of 0.80 for condensing storage water
heaters, or a minimum EF of 0.82 for tankless water heaters. The ENERGY STAR
criteria for gas-fired storage water heaters will increase to 0.67 on Sept. 1,
2010. Criteria have also been established for heat pump water heaters and
solar water heating systems.
awareness of ENERGY STAR water heaters and demand in the market by reaching out
to all points on the distribution system, CEE formed the Coalition for ENERGY
STAR Water Heaters. The group is comprised of industry associations, efficiency
program administrators and water heater manufacturers who are among those offering
a variety of ENERGY STAR models.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy
projections, Americans using ENERGY STAR qualified water heaters are expected
to save approximately $780 million in utility costs while avoiding 4.2 million
tons of carbon dioxide emissions after the first five years of the ENERGY STAR
program. For more information on the Coalition for ENERGY STAR Water Heaters,
Four Water Heater Companies Partner With Consortium for Energy Efficiency
June 18, 2009