National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA)
The water heaters Portland residents need to buy for their homes are manufactured under new federal government regulations. The National Appliance Energy Conservation Act was established in the late 1980s to control how certain household appliances consume energy. The United States Senate has made changes to this important act since then to keep pace with the changing times. The purpose of these regulations is for water heater manufacturers to follow the federal government’s guidelines. The goal of the act is for household appliances to have maximum energy efficiency to reduce the consumption of petroleum products such as oil along with natural gas and electricity.
Not only will these regulations reduce the amount of energy used by people, but also, homeowners and renters have less expensive utility bills each month. The water heaters Portland homebuilders buy for homes were not originally part of this conservation act, but recently, new rules were added to make this appliance more energy efficient. Beginning in 2015, factories had to stop manufacturing this appliance under the old standards. It is possible to use older water heaters Portland residents already have inside homes that were made before the new regulations were enforced.
However, when the water heaters Portland homes already have installed are malfunctioning, a homeowner or repairperson must select a new energy efficient model that is manufactured according to the most recent guidelines. Initially, the regulations permitted installation of old-style water heaters Portland residents needed as long as the appliances were already stored in warehouses. By 2016, experts predict that these older models will no longer be available, forcing the installation of energy efficient appliances instead. For many homeowners and property managers, the only way to install these water heaters is by selecting a model that has a smaller capacity.
The newer models of water heaters are typically larger but have a smaller tank, and some plumbers must tell customers that a bigger appliance will not fit into a particular space such as a utility closet. This means that the water heaters Portland consumers buy will provide less hot water in a certain amount of time. Many people will not have a problem with the new appliance models because the devices are installed in large basements or cellars. The new regulations will often affect people who live in smaller spaces such as apartments, mobile homes or condominiums.