Reduce Water Heating Bills Without Losing Comfort and Keep More Money in Your Wallet

Published on: January 6, 2015
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The hot water heater has been considered a born loser in the fight to save energy, particularly the conventional storage type. The water storage tank keeps water hot and ready for whenever it’s needed, with the heating element kicking on and off repeatedly to maintain the warmth. But there are ways homeowners can reduce water heating bills.

Reduce the Thermostat

You can save from 3 to 5 percent on water heating costs for every 10 degrees you turn down on the unit’s thermostat. According to the Department of Energy (DOE), most households will benefit from keeping the temperature at 120 degrees, down 20 degrees from the typical factory setting of 140 degrees.

Reduce the Usage of Hot Water

A family of four showering for 5 minutes each per day uses over 700 gallons of water every week. This is equal to the supply of drinking water for a single person for three years. You can reduce consumption by 20 to 60 percent by simply installing faucet aerators and low flow shower heads.

Remove Sediment From the Tank

The buildup of sediments in the tank is natural, but it can reduce the efficiency of the tank and make saving energy a bigger challenge. Draining some water from the tank often will help keep the tank clean. Make a point to drain out a quart of water every three months as maintenance.

Insulate Exposed Hot Water Pipes

Pipes exposed in basements are easy to insulate, and insulating hot water pipes isn’t an expensive do-it-yourself job. You can easily slip the sleeves over the pipes.

Insulate the Hot Water Tank

Older tanks, especially those located in unheated areas, will benefit from a wrap with an insulating blanket. This is an easy, inexpensive way to reduce water heating bills.

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