New Energy Standards For Water Heaters Coming Soon

Homeowners: Brace Yourself For Water Heater Expense Increases

In today’s day and age when our carbon footprint is heavier than ever, it becomes increasingly important for both individuals and the government to take control of this problem. Since our appliances consume more energy than necessary, the U.S. Department of Energy will be enforcing new rules regarding water heaters in the United States.

While this new initiative will help to save energy, it is important to brace yourself for the extra expense. These water heaters will cost more to manufacture, which means they will inherently be more expensive to both purchase and install.

Regardless of the extra expense, this will be extremely beneficial to the overall well-being of our planet. The energy standard for oil-fired storage water heaters will be increased from EF 0.53 to 0.62 and gas-fired tank-less water heaters will increase from 0.62 to 0.82. This is extremely favorable, as the U.S. Department of Energy is estimating that about $63 billion will be saved in energy costs for products that are shipped between 2015 and 2044.

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Is Your Home Protected From Pests?

Is Your Home Protected From Pests?The Spotted Lanternfly Makes Its Debut In The United States

You may remember building your bug collection in Biology class in high school and marveling at all of the different types of insects this great state has to offer. Unfortunately, the Spotted Lanternfly is invading Pennsylvania’s natural insect kingdom. Originally a native of Asia, these insects have been identified in the United States for the first time.

While the US is a melting pot usually welcoming to outsiders, this insect is one we should be seeking to eradicate. Appearing moth-like, with one pair of tan wings spotted with black and a second pair of red, white, and black wings, this creature poses a threat to local vegetation.

The grape, apple, and stone fruit industries bring in over $175 million for the state’s economy, but are at risk for being destroyed as these pests eat their way through them. Furthermore, the state’s pine and hardwood industries—which bring in $12 billion of annual revenue—could be affected.  Contact Miller Insurance Associates in Carlisle for all of your insurance needs in Pennsylvania. Call us today to secure great homeowners insurance and, with it, peace of mind.