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Why You Should Care About Energy Efficiency Day

October 3, 2023
Why You Should Care About Energy Efficiency Day

Join us in celebrating Energy Efficiency Day. This time of year, governments, organizations, manufacturers and utilities come together to promote energy savings and carbon emission reduction. To fully engage in this initiative, start by understanding what makes an appliance energy efficient. This knowledge will help you understand how energy efficiency benefits homes and businesses to make a positive impact on our environment!

Demystifying Uniform Energy Factor (UEF)

Let’s start by understanding water heater efficiency ratings. Uniform Energy Factor or UEF is the industry standard for measuring water heater and appliance efficiency. The higher the UEF rating, the more efficient the water heater. When comparing water heaters, use UEF to select the most efficient model. For example, standard gas tank water heaters have a UEF of 0.58 while Rheem® Maximus™ Super High Efficiency Gas Water Heater offers up to 0.90 UEF. That’s 55% more efficiency. The tankless gas Rheem RTGH Super High Efficiency Series with a 0.93 UEF is 60% more efficient. Even though these efficiency ratings are impressive, Rheem ProTerra® Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heater is the most efficient residential water heater on the market1 with a UEF of up to 4.07. That’s spending $1 and getting $4 of energy. High energy savings means lower utility bills.

All About Choice

There are additional resources available to help you select the most efficient water heater. The EnergyGuide label on appliances estimates a residential appliance’s yearly energy cost and how it compares to similar models. By understanding the yearly energy cost range of appliances, consumers can choose the more efficient product and lower their monthly energy bills. Take a moment to consider how you can make your energy usage more efficient. Even small steps can make a significant impact, and understanding the benefits of energy efficiency will empower you to make well-informed choices.

Give Yourself All the Credit

Smart decisions can pay off. If you choose a high efficiency product, you can receive tax credits and rebates thanks to the Inflation Reduction Act. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to put money back in your pocket.

1Based on review of water heaters available.

Make Sure You Schedule Annual Maintenance

Annual professional maintenance is recommended for your water heater to maintain a comfortable home. Find a professional Rheem plumber or contractor near you:


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