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Cimarron Electric Cooperative Inside this issue * No More Water Heaters * National Lineman Appreciation Day * Youth Tour Finalist * Phone #’s Needed For Outage Program * Easter Safety Tips


* Tip of the Month * Upgrade Update * Classified Ads


Cimarron Will No Longer Sell Electric Water Heaters


After 30 years and over 7,000 electric water heaters sold, Cimar- ron Electric Co-op is getting out of the water heater business. Back in 1985, only 29% of Cimarron Electric members owned electric water heaters. There were not many electric units carried in stock by local plumbers. This low market share and unavailability re- sulted in Cimarron selling electric water heaters. Your cooperative’s water heater programs have re- sulted in a market share increase of 43 percent. Now 72 out of 100 Cimarron Electric Members have electric water heaters!


Education, conservation and rebate programs were all benefi- cial to our members.


Many changes have occurred in the water heater industry over the past 30 years. Tank liners of different materials have been developed. Low watt density heat- ing elements, digital electronics and better types of insulation have improved efficiencies.


The National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA) first addressed water heater efficiency in 1990 and had updates in 2004 and 2010. The NAECA Act was approved by Congress and is administered by the US Dept. of Energy (DOE).


The next upgrade is upon us.


In April of 2015, the DOE is man- dating that all water heaters be more efficient. These new units have some big changes and will be phased in as old inventories are depleted. Given that the new units will be larger and at a higher cost, the existing inventories are expected to deplete quickly.


These new water heaters are defined in 2 categories. Water heaters over and under 55 gallons in size. * The over 55 gallon tanks must be of the Hybrid Electric heat pump water heater design.


* The under 55 gallon tanks will be 2 inches wider and 3” taller.


The new water heaters will have a higher cost, will be larger, and will be heavier. The stor- age, transportation and installation costs will be affected. (Continued on page 6)


Cimarron Will No Longer Sell Water Heaters. All Inventory will be sold by May 1st, 2015.


* Department of Energy (DOE) mandates will stop all present tank manufacturing on April 16, 2015.


* New energy efficient tanks will be at least 2 inches wider and 3 inches taller than existing tanks. Te add ed size and weight will increase cost and may not allow the new tanks to fit in current spaces.


* Tese problems can make it difficult for the Do-It- Yourself market that Cimarron Electric has served for years. Future water heaters will need to be purchased from other plumbing stores.


April 2015 www.cimarronelectric.com


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