DOE Proposal Would Phase Out Less-Efficient Commercial Water Heaters

May 6, 2022
The Department of Energy (DOE) is proposing tougher energy efficiency standards for water heaters in commercial buildings, which would effectively block the use of less-efficient “non-condensing” technology for natural gas-fired units after the prior administration had sought to block such requirements. The effort continues a flurry of activities by the Biden DOE to impose tougher efficiency standards on various types of equipment, which cumulatively could curb significant energy use and thus greenhouse gas emissions. The May 5 proposal would spur...

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