Light bulbs, stoves, gas stations, and now hot water heaters.
The Biden administration is coming after your hot water heater, which some say will raise the price.
A new Department of Energy proposal would impose stricter manufacturing rules.
Electric water heaters must use heat pump technology, and gas-fired ones must use condensing technology.
“Today’s actions — together with our industry partners and stakeholders — improve outdated efficiency standards for common household appliances, which is essential to slashing utility bills for American families and cutting harmful carbon emissions,” Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm said in a statement.
Granholm said the new guidelines would save Americans money. “Replacing common-sized traditional electric resistance storage water heaters with electric heat pump water heaters meeting the proposed levels would save consumers $1,868 on average over the life of the appliance, with savings even higher for renters and low-income households who spend a higher percentage of their income on utility bill,” she said.
However, these types of hot water heaters are costly.
A traditional water heater will usually cost you around $300. A hot water heater using heat pump technology costs around $1,200.
If you live inside the Beltway, home to some of the most wealthy zip codes in the nation, you can afford a $1,200 hot water heater. However, in Realville, the thought of paying $1,200 for a hot water heater is petrifying.
Rep. Thomas Massie ripped the new rule.
“Leave us alone. These products already exist in the free market. Consumers should decide whether the upfront cost of a heat-pump water heater is worth the possible long term savings. In many cases, the monthly savings never make up for the upfront cost of the equipment,” Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) tweeted.
First they came for your gas stoves.
Then they came for your dishwashers.
Next they came for your water heaters and air conditioners.
— David Blackmon’s Energy Absurdity (@EnergyAbsurdity) July 22, 2023