Changes in Water Heater Efficiency Standards & Size…

There are changes in the size of your standard water heater that could pose a problem for condos and mobile homes owners where the location of the water heater cannot be changed or modified due to the new size of a standard efficient water heater.  Please read…. 

 

Water Heaters

Product Information 

Residential water heaters use oil, gas, or electricity to heat potable water to be used for such activities as bathing or washing dishes or clothes. Residential water heaters include storage type units that store heated water in an insulated tank and instantaneous type units that heat water on demand.

Water heating is typically the second largest energy use in a home, after heating and cooling, and can account for 14%-25% of household energy consumption. In the United States energy consumed by residential water heaters accounts for 11% of the electricity and 24% of the natural gas consumed in the residential sector. However, residential hot water use is variable and depends on the number of people in the household, the type of appliances, and the climate in which the house is located.

Current Standards

Gas-fired ( 75 kBtu/h input capacity), oil-fired ( 105 kBtu/h input capacity), electric ( 12 kW input capacity), and tabletop ( 12 kW input capacity) storage water heaters, as well as instantaneous gas-fired (<200 kBtu/h input capacity) and electric ( 12 kW input capacity) water heaters, manufactured and distributed in commerce must meet the energy conservation standards specified in Table 1 as of January 20, 2004.

Amended Standards

On March 31, 2010, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) completed the second rulemaking to amend energy conservation standards for residential water heaters, issuing a final rule. Residential water heaters must comply with the amended standards in Table 2 by April 16, 2015.

Table 1. Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Water Heaters

Product Class Rated Storage Volume Energy Factor
Gas-fired Water Heater 20 gal and 100 gal 0.67 – (0.0019*Vs)
Oil-fired Water Heater 50 gal 0.59 – (0.0019*Vs)
Electric Water Heater 20 gal and 120 gal 0.97 – (0.00132*Vs)
Tabletop Water Heater 20 gal and 100 gal 0.93 – (0.00132*Vs)
Instantaneous Gas-fired Water Heater < 2 gal 0.62 – (0.0019*Vs)
Instantaneous Electric Water Heater < 2 gal 0.93 – (0.00132*Vs)

Vs: Rated Storage Volume – the water storage capacity of a water heater (in gallons).

Table 2. Amended Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Water Heaters

Product Class Rated Storage Volume Energy Factor
Gas-fired Water Heater 20 gal and 55 gal 0.675 – (0.0015*Vs)
> 55 gal and 100 gal 0.8012 – (0.00078* Vs)
Oil-fired Water Heater 50 gal 0.68 – (0.0019*Vs)
Electric Water Heater 20 gal and 55 gal 0.960 – (0.0003*Vs)
> 55 gal and 120 gal 2.057 – (0.00113*Vs)
Tabletop Water Heater 20 gal and 100 gal 0.93 – (0.00132*Vs)
Instantaneous Gas-fired Water Heater < 2 gal 0.82 – (0.0019*Vs)
Instantaneous Electric Water Heater < 2 gal 0.93 – (0.00132*Vs)

Vs: Rated Storage Volume – the water storage capacity of a water heater (in gallons).

The efficiency metric for residential water heaters is the energy factor (EF), which indicates a water heater’s overall energy efficiency based on the amount of hot water produced per unit of fuel consumed over a typical day. The EF accounts for the following:

  • Recovery efficiency – how efficiently the heat from the energy source is transferred to the water
  • Standby losses – the percentage of heat loss per hour from the stored water compared to the heat content of the water (for water heaters with storage tanks)

Cycling losses – the loss of heat as the water circulates through a water heater tank, and/or inlet and outlet pipes.

Energy Efficiency Standards Information

For more information, see the DOE’s Appliance and Equipment Standards for this product.

To see all federal notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents, see the Regulations.gov Docket for this product.

Contact: Alex Lekov (510) 486-6849

Test Procedure Information

Docket Number:

EERE-2011-BT-TP-0042

To see all federal notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents, see the Regulations.gov Docket for this test procedure.

On November 4, 2013 DOE published a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding test procedures for residential water heaters and certain commercial water heaters. The proposed test method would apply the same efficiency descriptor to all residential and certain commercial water heaters, and it would extend coverage to eliminate certain gaps in the current residential test procedure, update the simulated-use-test draw pattern, and update the water delivery temperature requirement.

 

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Solar Panels Can be a Deal Killer

Solar Panels Can be a Deal Killer

 

Studies have suggested that the addition of solar panels on a home can boost a home’s value. But sometimes those solar panels can sabotage a deal when it comes time to sell.

More companies are offering home owners a contract to lease solar panels where they pay no upfront costs for the installation and could start saving on their electricity bills right away. But home owners who sign onto these deals are finding some snags when they go to sell.

Potential buyers are leery of taking on the leasing payment contracts for the next 15 to 17 years because they often have to qualify on credit from the solar companies themselves. Also, some buyers are hesitant to sign a contract because they’re concerned the solar equipment will become obsolete or won’t amount in a big savings in the end after paying the leasing fee.

Some home buyers are refusing to buy the house unless the seller buys out of the remaining lease payment stream — which could be $15,000 or more.

For example, a Fresno, Calif., couple trying to sell their house told The Los Angeles Times that it attracted multiple offers but two sets of buyers backed out of the contracts due to the leased solar panels on their roof. The buyers felt the long-term cost of the lease agreement was too high or they were concerned about the credit qualifications they had to meet in order to take over the lease. Ultimately, the couple had to pay $22,000 to break the lease with the solar company so that they could sell the house.

With the rising popularity of solar, Lynn Farris, a real estate professional in Windermere Hulsey & Associates in Vacaville, Calif., says she’s already seen several disputes arise over solar panel leases, and she expects the problem to get worse.

After all, residential solar installations are rising dramatically — up by 50 percent per year since 2012, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.

Furthermore if you bought your solar panels using a loan you may have a situation when you sell. HERO or PACE loans are not easy to spot on a Preliminary Title Report. Since these are government-backed loans – they require being in 1st position. Which is fine if you own your home free and clear. But most of us still carry a home loan and this poses a problem when it is time to sell. The idea is the loan will stay with the property along with the solar panels. What if the buyer cannot afford this loan? Worse yet – the buyers’ lender WILL NOT loan on a home if they are not in first position. So the seller may be stuck paying off the entire loan though they no longer reap the benefits after they move out. You see, these types of loans are rolled into the property taxes – so there is no separate payment for them. They are attached to the property and therefore transferred to the buyers upon sale. New owners are then responsible for repayment of the loan. At times, sellers may forget to disclose this loan since they are not making monthly payments and it is not top of mind. The worst case result – some lenders will not lend on properties with HERO and PACE loans on them since banks require being in first position for new purchase loans. And this issue may not arise until a buyer is further down the road in the loan process.

 Solar panels are awesome and I do believe a great way to help the environment and your pocketbook. We advise our clients to disclose this issue right away when selling so the buyer can be better prepared – or find a cash buyer where this will not be an issue.

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Do Your Part To Conserve Water – Lawn Rebate Programs

Do Your Part….

As I drive around looking at all the beautiful listings coming on the market – I can’t help to notice who is and who is not doing their part for the drought.

I know a green lawn is a beautiful thing. But not during the drought. Check out Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency for their “Lawn Be Gone” rebate program. They are offering rebates from $1.00 – $4.00 a SqFt to remove your lawn! Check out the details, rules and restrictions below.

http://bawsca.org/conservation/lawn-be-gone/

And if you’re thinking of selling your home this season, look into drought tolerant plants – now that’s a beautiful thing! Green homes and thoughtful landscaping is always a plus!

Even if you are not a homeowner, we can all do our part. Shorter showers, using gray water to water our plants, collecting rain water (when and if it rains again) and taking the time to turn off the faucet when washing dishes or brushing our teeth helps. Each drop counts. So please – do you part.

(PS . Check online for other county and city rebate programs going on now!)

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