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Cimarron Will No Longer Sell Electric Water Heaters (Continued from page 1)


In a lot of instances, it is going to be more difficult for these tanks to be purchased and installed by the do-it-yourself consumer. Cimar- ron Electric management has determined that it is time for us to get out of the water heater sales business before these new larger, heavier, more efficient and expensive water heaters arrive. .


Cimarron Electric Cooperative will be out of the water heater business by May 1st, 2015.


Since there will not be “replacement tanks” available for warranty purposes, Cimarron will stand behind the tanks we sold to our members with a pro-rated warranty, based on what you paid and the time remaining on the warranty. The water heaters, as we know them, will not be manufactured after 4-16-2015.


The new water heater requirements do not mean that consumers have to replace their water heat- ers in 2015. The DOE mandate means that man- ufacturers cannot produce or sell lower-efficient water heaters after April 15, 2015. Wholesalers will still be able to sell product in their warehous-


es until their inventory is gone. How does this affect me?


1. Fitting it in your house. Unlike the new light bulbs that fit in the same sockets as incandes- cent ones, the new tanks are not going to be the same size. If you have a tight closet or a small door, you may have to relocate your water heat- er, or take off door jambs to bring it in. 2. Manufacturer price increase. All of the manu- facturers will have to re-tool production lines, and this is expensive. Combine that with increased materials cost from adding more insulation to tanks and we anticipate retail price increases in the range of $100.


3. Custom install solutions needed. To fit, some homes may require creative planning on the part of the installer. Smaller tanks, higher temps & mixing valves may be solutions. 4. Some larger tanks may be discontinued.


Over the years, some new technologies were never successful. The instant electric water heat- ers had huge wiring demands and demand cost, high purchase prices, low performances and high maintenance cost. Other technologies were extremely successful and saved the members and the cooperative lots of money. Many 50 gal- lon electric tanks were coupled up to geothermal heat pumps to give virtually free hot water in the summer and half price hot water the rest of the year. These geothermal coupled electric water tanks helped to shift the kilowatt demand away from the peak summer load and saved millions of dollars in electricity cost. We want to thank all the thousands of Ci- marron Electric Members who have bought and installed electric water heaters in your homes and businesses over the years. It was a pleasure serving you.


Cimarron will also continue to offer a $50 rebate for members who purchase electric water heat- ers in the future. Please keep your receipt to apply for rebates. Thank You.


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