An international Survey of Electric Storage Tank Water Heater Efficiency and Standards

TitleAn international Survey of Electric Storage Tank Water Heater Efficiency and Standards
Publication TypeConference Paper
LBNL Report NumberLBNL-6725e
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsJohnson, Alissa K., James D. Lutz, Michael A. McNeil, and Theo Covary
Conference NameSouthern African Energy Efficiency Convention 2013
Date Published11/2013
Conference LocationJohanesburg, South Africa
Abstract

Water heating is a main consumer of energy in households, especially in temperate and cold climates. In South Africa, where hot water is typically provided by electric resistance storage tank water heaters
(geysers), water heating energy consumption exceeds cooking, refrigeration, and lighting to be the most consumptive single electric appliance in the home. A recent analysis for the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) performed by the authors estimated that standing losses from electric geysers contributed over 1,000 kWh to the annual electricity bill for South African households that used them. In order to reduce this burden, the South African government is currently pursuing a programme of Energy Efficiency Standards and Labelling (EES&L) for electric appliances, including geysers. In addition, Eskom has a history of promoting heat pump water heaters (HPWH) through incentive programs, which can further reduce energy consumption. This paper provides a survey of international electric storage water heater test
procedures and efficiency metrics which can serve as a reference for comparison with proposed geyser standards and ratings in South Africa. Additionally it provides a sample of efficiency technologies employed to improve the efficiency of electric storage water heaters, and outlines programs to promote adoption of improved efficiency. Finally, it surveys current programs used to promote HPWH and considers the potential for this technology to address peak demand more effectively than reduction of standby losses alone

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