We are often asked questions about the type of hot water heater to purchase. For many, this is a large part of a household’s utility bill. While some homeowners have a choice between a gas and electric hot water heater, many do not. Many households do not have access to a gas line and must use an electric hot water heater. Regardless of whether you use a traditional electric water heater or a tankless model, there are ways to save on your water-heating bill. Here are four tips to help you reduce the energy used by your hot water heater.
Reduce Hot Water Usage
According to statistics, on average, 18 percent of the energy used in a home is due to heating water. By reducing the amount of hot water used, you directly affect your energy bill and lower your monthly cost. A couple of ways to reduce hot water usage are:
- Reduce the amount of time in the shower.
- Turn off your faucet when you do not have an immediate need for hot water. For example if washing hands do not turn on hot water until you need to rinse your hands or if doing dishes only turn on hot water when needing to rinse a dish.
- Use cold or warm water when doing laundry.
Lower The Temperature on the Electric Water Heater
Another way to reduce water-heating costs is by lowering the temperature on the water heater. A good target is 120°F. This saves as much as 3 to 5 percent for every 10°F you reduce the temperature of your hot water heater.
Insulate The Hot Water Storage Tank
Money can also be saved on an energy bill when an electric hot water storage tank is insulated. It should be noted that the thermostat must be left uncovered if this is being done on an electric tank. Please note, gas hot water heaters have a pilot light and using insulation on a gas hot water heater is dangerous.
Even a slow running leak can create a large amount of wasted water. Make sure there are no leaks in your household plumbing. If you suspect a leak, because of a high-energy bill or water bill, contact a licensed Charlotte plumber. A licensed professional plumbing repair service will repair leaks and ensure a ready supply of hot water.
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