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Change.org wants us to contact our representatives to support an energy efficiency bill:
by requiring that utilities gradually increase energy savings - an average of one percent a year starting in 2012 through 2020.
That's nice but have they read the national building code requirements for newly constructed residential homes? Talk about out of date! It does not give credit for radiant heating (in floor) with a condensing gas water heater. This particular water heater costs $2500-$4500 and is 97% efficient! It has a stand by loss of 1% but that doesn't include about 6 months of the year when the radiant floor heating is in effect - because there is no standby.
Apparently you have an option of a tankless heater (do you have any idea of how much heat is lost through the stainless flu?), and ELECTRIC radiant heating system (expensive, can't fix if broke), or well insulated HVAC forced air ductwork. Yes, we all know a duct heating system is both efficient and gives you clean air (not). Radiant floor heating, on the other hand, can be very efficient and clean and has been around for a long, long time.
How about we fight for home building and remodeling standards that are current?