Komprehensiv Endorses Water Heater Regulation

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Taking effect April 16th 2015, manufacturers will be required to comply with a new heating seasonal performance factor (HSPF)

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As part of the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued updated efficiency mandates in 2010 that take effect April 16, 2015. These new rules require higher Energy Factor (EF) ratings on most all residential gas, electric, oil and tankless gas water heaters. To learn more click here

For those unfamiliar with the world of water heating, an HSPF rating measures energy efficiency. Essentially, it applies to water heaters like miles per gallon does to a car. More specifically, the HSPF rating is computed by dividing total heat expensed by total energy. The higher the rating the more efficient the unit.

Also put into effect was another federal regulation dealing with air condition Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. Both of these regulations seem to be aimed at manufacturers, and are accompanied by a stipulation granting an 18 month grace period, during which manufacturers can sell units that fail to meet the minimum requirement. Consumers can expect prices to drop on these units.

Many environmentalist are satisfied with the new regulation, however some feel it is a long time overdue. “Technology has existed for years to run water heaters at an HSPF rating of 10. But the regulation is a step in the right direction, and hopefully it will set a precedent for energy efficient regulation,” said Mike Kelly, Senior Manager of Komprehensiv.

Komprehensiv is one of the leading provider of energy efficient solutions in the valley. Komprehensiv provides a comprehensive approach, installing insulation, solar AC, and LED lights. utilizing the fifth resource, which is simply using less and wasting nothing.

Komprehensiv brings the total package to home energy efficiency. Komprehensiv utilizes Arizona’s natural battery, the sun. But they do it differently than competitors, implementing energy efficient modifications to homes that in turn require a minutia of solar energy to operate. The end game of this process is to drastically reduce monthly energy bills. Ideally, an energy efficient home would operate like a car that requires almost no gas.

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