Backed by more than 100 years of reliable, homeowner-focused water heating expertise, we’re more than prepared to provide Ruud-brand water heaters that meet and exceed the new national efficiency requirements designed to significantly increase residential energy savings. Backed by a complete portfolio of advanced products and services, your independent contractor can help you select, install and maintain energy-compliant products that work for you.

NAECA | National Appliance Energy Conservation Act

Enacted in 1975, NAECA creates uniform efficiency standards for certain household appliances, including refrigerators, dishwashers, clothes washers, clothes dryers and water heaters.

New NAECA Standards

Effective April 16, 2015, the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA) – per the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) – will require higher energy efficiencies for almost all residential tank-type gas, electric, oil and tankless gas water heaters manufactured in the U.S.

The Energy Factor

These higher requirements are based on energy factors (EF), which measure overall water heater efficiency by determining what percentage of the energy delivered to the unit from your power source is used effectively to heat water. The higher the EF, the more efficiently the water heater converts power directly into hot water while reducing energy losses – and the more you save in energy costs.

Increasing EF Requirements for Water Heaters

April 16, 2015

All residential water heaters manufactured in the U.S. on and after this date must meet the increased NAECA energy-efficiency standards.

Pre-Compliance Water Heaters

Water heaters manufactured before April 16, 2015 that do not meet new NAECA 2015 standards can still be sold and purchased after April 16, 2015. However, almost all new residential water heaters produced on or after this date will be affected according to their power source, technologies, size and other key design factors. What Products are Affected?

Benefits of Compliant Water Heaters

A NAECA 2015-compliant water heater will likely have distinct energy-saving and performance advantages over a non-compliant unit. So, even if you are able to purchase a non-compliant model, you may want to consider the long-term cost saving benefits of a higher-efficiency solution. Your independent Rheem Contractor can help explain the differences and benefits between water heaters, so you can choose which works best for you. Find a Contractor near you.

Ruud is Ready

We have a long list of NAECA 2015-compliant tank-type and tankless water heater models available today. Any residential gas and electric Ruud water heaters included under the new regulations that do not currently meet new efficiency standards are being redesigned to offer greater energy savings and smarter performance.

Changes to Ruud Water Heaters
At Ruud, change means opportunity.

Along with new energy- and cost-saving efficiencies, the advanced technologies of many NAECA 2015-compliant water heaters will create new considerations for unit transportation, storage, installation, installation location, operation and maintenance. Ruud continues to develop products and solutions to minimize the challenges associated with these changes, and to maximize the opportunities and benefits higher EF water heaters provide both homeowners and our planet.

Shop Our NAECA 2015-Compliant Water Heaters

Choose from a wide range of Ruud products that currently meet efficiency requirements: