On April 16, 2015 the new higher energy efficiency ratings on virtually all residential gas, electric & oil water heaters took effect as mandated by the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA). For consumers this means a significant increase in price. We are seeing - in some cases - up to a 40% increase. Also, the size of the new tanks - especially the diameter - may be larger. Due to mandates, gas water heaters may require additional insulation and will be required to incorporate electronic ignition among other changes. In most cases, according to Bradford Whites website, the new products will differ only slightly in size and therefore will easily replace the majority of existing products. Homeowners whose hot water heaters currently fit in a tight space may be faced with an expensive problem with a new larger tank. Bradford White just went through the largest plant expansion in company history to accommodate the production of NAECA compliant products, which includes the installation of the most advanced manufacturing equipment. Non-compliant less expensive tanks are still available and can still be installed while supplies last. For more information, go to www.bradfordwhite.com.