Save Energy with These Hot Water Heater Tips

by | Nov 11, 2013 | Plumbing

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Your water heater uses up 14 to 18 percent of your home’s energy. The least efficient your water heater is, the more it will cost you annually to heat your water. The average home spends $600 to $800 per year on their hot water heater’s energy. Here are a few tips to minimize your energy consumption.

Reset Your Water Heater’s Temperature
When a Hot Water Heater Installation Nassau County home owners order is complete the thermostat may be set at a high setting to show the water heater works. However, for every 10 degrees you lower your water heater’s temperature you can save as much as 3 to 5 percent on your water bill. Another thing to keep in mind is that small children can be scalded by water that is higher than 120 degrees. Check your setting and then run your hot water and measure the temperature once the water is at full heat. Match this to what your thermostat is showing and mark the difference on your water heater so you know how many degrees it is off. Use this number to reset your temperature so it is coming out of your taps at 120 degrees or less if you prefer.

Ease Up On Hot Water
We tend to run our hot water without giving it much thought. Make an effort to lessen the amount of hot water you use everyday. Install low flow shower heads to reduce the amount of water used by the family each day. You should also run your dishwasher on the economy setting and use as little hot water for laundry as possible as well.

Sediment
Water heaters tend to get a build up of sediment. You can drain the sediment every two years or so to help your heater to work more efficiently. When you have a Hot Water Heater Installation Nassau County home owners require you can speak to them about doing a check during maintenance for you.

Insulate
If you have exposed pipes add some insulation so that when the water leaves the tank it does not cool. You can do this yourself and pick up some easy to use self adhesive pipe insulation at your local home improvement or hardware store. You can even insulate your actual water tank using a water heater insulating blanket. This will help your hot water come out of the tap hotter, faster.