What is an Energy Guide Label?

What is an Energy Guide Label?

No matter what kind of water heater you have in your home, it comes with that big yellow sticker that reads “Energy Guide” label. This label provides you with so much information about your water heater such as how much energy it uses, how much water it holds, and how old it is. Here at Just Water Heaters, we want to educate you on this label. This yellow label is so important when it comes to knowing everything about your home. 
Whether you are buying a home or you are buying a new water heater for your older home, it’s important to know what the EnergyGuide label is and what it means for your home. If you are buying a home and want to make sure you are getting a good deal, it’s always important to know what you are getting into. One of the first things you should inspect is the EnergyGuide label on your water heater. Water heaters typically last an average of 15-20 years. You can determine the age of your water heater based on the date on the label, as well as other, smaller features such as the tank size. Newer water heaters can hold more water, so the larger your tank is, the newer your water heater is. 
If you’re looking to upgrade your current water heater for a new one, here is what you will find and look for on the EnergyGuide label:

  • Type of tank (tankless or tank)
  • Model type and manufacture
  • Fuel type (natural or propane gas, or electricity)
  • Water capacity
  • First-hour rating
  • Estimated costs per year
  • Range of energy consumption
  • Estimated energy consumption per year
  • Energy Star compliance

How do you use an Energy Guide Label?

When it comes to the guide on your water heater, you don’t need to do anything with it besides know what each item means. Our goal at Just Water Heaters is to make sure you are educated on what you need in a water heater before you go out and buy one or buy a house with an older unit in it. The first step in ensuring your water heater is a good one is by knowing what the following items included on it mean:

  • Water capacity: this refers to the number of gallons that a tank can hold at any given time. 
  • First Hour Rating: this metric indicates how much hot water your water heater can provide within the first hour of it being used.
  • Estimated costs per year: while this is pretty straightforward, we want to touch on this briefly. All EnergyGuide labels will tell you an estimated cost of how much you will pay to run your water heater for a year. 
  • Estimated energy consumption per year: This metric shows you an estimate of how much energy your water heater will use within a year. 
  • Energy Star logo: If your water heater has this logo on it, that means the heater is high-efficiency – saving you money, energy, and reducing pollution.

If you have any questions or concerns about your water heater, give Just Water Heaters a call anytime for any type of water heater replacement or repair needs.