The United States government can start cutting into its debt of $18 trillion by installing tankless water heaters in office buildings and trimming their utility bills. According to the U.S. Debt Clock, the number is about to reach $19 trillion, with no signs of slowing anytime soon.
With the federal government narrowly avoiding a shutdown due to the lack of funds, cost effective strategies need to be created. One solution government offices can adopt is the swapping out of old, ineffective storage water heaters for energy efficient electric tankless water heaters.
The monetary advantages
State and local governments are involved in nearly every facet of citizen's daily lives. The Registry of Motor Vehicles, the Department of Public Works, the Recreation Department and even the public library all run on government funds, and lose that funding if the national debt keeps rising.
The Department of Energy reported that homeowners can save $100 a year just by switching their water heating system from storage to tankless. That number should grow even higher for offices that have to support sometimes hundreds of employees' daily hot water use. A couple of hundred dollars saved may not seem like a ton to a taxpayer, but if each office can save one hundred dollars, the numbers will quickly add up.
"Electric tankless water heaters are 0.99 energy efficient."
Storage water heaters and electric tankless water heaters are vastly different when it comes to energy efficiency. Storage water heaters meet their energy efficiency demise with standby heat loss. This phenomenon occurs when a tank fills with warm water, then sits there during intermittent use. As the water rests in the tank it loses temperature. The next time hot water is needed, the reservoir needs to be heated again, doubling the resources necessary to raise the temperature.
Most storage water heaters have a rating of 0.55 to 0.65 energy efficiency. Electric tankless water heaters are 0.99 energy efficient, as they employ thermo optical sensors to heat the water on-demand, and never use more energy than is necessary.
Changes to the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act may also bring extra costs for offices that use storage water heaters, as the dimensions of storage water heaters are expanding by 2 inches in both length and width. Government buildings that have specifically designed enclosures for their water heating systems will have to renovate if they plan on keeping the storage water heater model. Electric tankless water heaters will not require any changes to be made due to the NAECA, and last 5-10 years longer than their storage counterparts.
Everybody wants to know how to save a ton of money. That's a given when office executive meet to review the budget. Rarely, though, do companies think about the benefits that accompany a money saving machine like an electric tankless water heater.
"The new climate deal aspires for zero-net emissions by 2080."
Decision makers at government offices around the nation should take note that electric tankless water heaters are able to be installed in bathrooms under sinks as point-of-use systems. These systems dramatically cut down on the overall strain a system takes daily, with irregular but high pressure use plaguing it. Point-of-use electric tankless water heaters go directly under the sink to provide hot water in instantaneous speed without creating an eyesore in the bathroom.
Electric tankless water heaters also protect against spikes in water temperature at the sink. Storage water heaters can heat the temperature of water to dangerous levels because of the reheating process it often undergoes. Because there is no reservoir in electric tankless water heaters, they become reliable alternatives for offices looking to avoid potential litigation.
With over 200 nations agreeing to combat climate change, according to the New York Times, the world needs to do its part in reducing its carbon footprint. The first place to start is by efficiently using the resources available. By switching to electric tankless water heaters, government buildings can tout their green friendly approach to operating their office. Leading the country to environmentally friendly habits starts at the source, and the offices that make the rules should play by them as well. Showing that a building can still run while accommodating for eco-friendly machinery could provide an environmental spark for the country.