Stephen Yurek, AHRI president
ARLINGTON, Va. - The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and
Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) commended the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
for launching a new Energy Star® program for residential water heaters.
The program, which goes into effect Jan. 1, 2009, will cover
gas-fired storage, gas-fired tankless, heat pump, and solar water heaters. The
Energy Star program for gas-fired storage water heaters will take effect in two
For the first 19 months of the program, these water heaters
must achieve an energy factor of 0.62 to qualify for the Energy Star label, but
on Sept. 1, 2010, the program criteria changes to require an energy factor of
0.67 to qualify.
“While water heater manufacturers provide a full range of
energy-efficient products, Energy Star labeling will make it much easier for
consumers to identify higher-efficiency products,” said Stephen Yurek, AHRI
“We hope the program will encourage homeowners to replace
older, inefficient water heaters with the more efficient equipment being
manufactured today. It is an excellent way for consumers to save money, reduce
energy consumption, and help the environment.”
In order to carry the Energy Star label, equipment
manufacturers must have third-party verification of the product’s energy factor
“The industry looks forward to seeing the marketing benefits
from this program,” said Yurek.
“To enhance those, AHRI will continue to work with DOE to
expand the scope of the Energy Star program for water heaters to include other
technologies and energy sources, such as electric water heaters with resistance
elements and oil-fired water heaters.”
For more information, visit www.ahrinet.org.