When it comes to heating water, the average American home can trace about 20 percent of its energy spending directly to the tank water heater. If you’re looking to reduce your home’s water heating costs, try out these tips and tricks:
Lower the temperature of the water heater
Many water heaters are set at the factory to 140 degrees. However, this uses excess energy and can make scalding too easy. Changing the thermostat on the water heater to 120 degrees will be sufficient for household tasks while also saving you money and protecting your family, especially when it includes young children and elderly household members.
Conserve hot water
Aerating shower heads and faucets can cut water usage down without feeling like you’re cutting back, and high-efficiency appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines will do less to drain the hot water tank.
Keep the water heater tank sediment-free
Find the water heater’s operating manual and follow the instructions to drain the sediment from the tank at least once a year. This will help the water heater warm its water more efficiently.
Insulate the water heater and hot water pipes
If you’ve ever enjoyed a hot cup of tea or a hot water bottle, then you’d know a container of hot water will shed its heat into the surrounding area. When this happens to the heater, you have to continually replenish that heat, and you pay a pretty penny for it. When this happens in the pipes, the water coming out of a faucet or shower head is cooler, which can cause you to turn the hot water up and use more.
To learn more about saving energy in your home, don’t hesitate to contact Axberg at (815) 873-6003 or click here to schedule online. Whether you’re asking about insulation, tankless water heating, or other ways to reduce water heating bills and improve home comfort, we’re your local HVAC experts!
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