The feds have been at it again. Not content with mandating low-flow toilets and showerheads, nor with killing inexpensive incandescent bulbs, they're now coming after your water heater:
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -
New federal regulations are set to make water heaters more efficient, but that might come with a big price tag for homeowners.
The new water heaters are supposed to be greener, better and cost-saving, according to the Department of Energy, possibly saving as much as $365 per year. They're designed to cut your bills because they also cut the amount of energy they use.
But the cost savings down the line could really cost you on the front end.
That's because they're taller and wider than those crummy old-fashioned water heaters. So depending on where your crummy old-fashioned water heater is located, you may get to shell out several thousand dollars so that your new, modern heater can be installed. If, as is the case in many homes, your heater is installed in a laundry closet next to the washer and dryer, or sits next to your furnace in a different closet, surprise! The new, modern one won't fit. You get to pay for renovations to accommodate your government-mandated water heater.
Don't forget to buy your construction permits.
The feds have mandated that manufacturers cease making the crummy, old-fashioned heaters by mid-April.