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    DOE Decides Not to Add Domestic Water Heaters to the Energy Star Program

    Ashland City, TN (Friday, 09 January 2004)

    Water Heater manufacturers have been notified by the US Department of Energy (DOE) that they have decided not to establish "Energy Star" criteria for the domestic water heating product category at this time.

    In summary, the Energy Star Program is designed to promote reasonable cost savings to consumers, typically 20-25%, from the least to the most efficient products. With the new National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA) requirements going into effect in January 2004, the potential incremental energy savings offered by the best performing conventional gas and electric products would be not be significant enough to justify the awarding of an ENERGY STAR designation. dditionally, non-conventional water heating products do not provide purchasers with the opportunity to recover their incremental investment within a reasonable time period, along with other limitations outlined in the attached letter.

    As a leader in the water heating equipment industry, we will continue our pursuit of product technologies and designs that will deliver high value to the our customers.

    More details and the letter from the DOE, dated January 6, 2004, which explains in detail their reasoning behind excluding water heaters to the Energy Star Program can be found at the web link below.

    DOE Decides Not to Add Domestic Water Heaters to the Energy Star Program (PDF)

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