Water Heater Savings Tips
Most people don’t realize that approximately 12% of your energy bill goes to heating water in your home. There are several things you can do to save energy and money with your water heater.
Set the right temperature
Lower the temperature down to 120°F. This is hot enough to clean laundry, dishes or yourself. You can save three to five percent on your water heating costs for every 10°F reduction.
Completely insulate older water tanks and make sure both heating elements are still working properly afterwards. Also insulate water pipes wherever they are exposed with half-inch foam or pipe tape. Wrap cold water pipes for the five feet nearest the water heater. You can save up to $25 every year from having your water pipes properly insulated.
Use the right size
Consider the size of the water heater you purchase carefully. Purchasing a water heater that is too large will use more energy than needed. If it’s too small, you can run out of hot water in the shower or other times you need it.
Location, location, location
Place your water heater as close to the kitchen as you can. The kitchen is where you use the most hot water and the hottest water. The water will stay hotter because it doesn’t need to travel very far.
Don’t be a drip
Repair dripping faucets immediately. When a faucet is leaking hot water, you are paying for the wasted water and paying again to heat the water you are wasting. This can add up quickly. Leaking one drop per second can waste up to 48 gallons a week!
No deposit, big returns
Reducing mineral deposits and sediment build-ups will make your water heater run more efficiently. Drain a bucket of water from the bottom of the water heater a couple of times a year to control this.
CAUTION: If you have used your water heater for a year or more and haven’t drained it, the faucet may be corroded shut and possibly break if you force it open. You may want to have a plumber handle the draining under those circumstances.
Be sure to turn off the water heater at the circuit breaker/fuse box before draining an electric heater.