Is Your Water Heater Costing More Than It Should?
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Tips To Reduce Water Heater Energy Bill Expenses
Water heaters account for nearly 20% of the average home energy bill. In fact, the only appliance that costs more to run than your water heater, is your furnace. If you are looking to cut costs on your energy bill, water heaters are worth paying special attention to. Learn tips to reduce your water heater energy bill expenses from the experts at JOB Heating & Air Conditioning.
1. Insulate your hot water heater tank and pipes.
If you have a hot water heater tank, ensure it is insulated. Not only does tank insulation prevent heat loss, it also lowers the risk of fire in the home.
The same goes for your hot water heater pipes. If the pipes are not insulated, your water heater has to work harder to heat water. In order to conserve heat energy, it is recommended that you insulate a minimum of 6 feet of piping.
2. Lower the thermostat temperature on your hot water heater.
When your hot water heater comes from the manufacturer, chances are the thermostat will be set to 140 F (60 C). However, a thermostat setting of 120 F (48.88 C) is the hottest you should require. Having a lower thermostat temperature will reduce risk of mineral buildup and will extend the overall life of your water heater.
3. If your hot water heater is older, be sure to add heat traps.
Heat traps are valves that trap heat energy that would otherwise be lost, and can reduce your energy bill by up to $30 each month. Newer hot water heaters will come with heat traps already installed, so it is best to consider an upgraded unit rather than installing heat traps on your existing unit if your current hot water heater may be nearing the end of its life.
4. Use a timer on your hot water heater.
Traditional water heaters typically heat water all night long, which is very inefficient considering you do not use hot water at night. If you do not have a tankless water heater, installing a timer will give your water heater a rest and save you money.
5. Install low flow faucets in your home.
Though this may seem like a bit of an investment, replacing your faucets with low flow options can reduce annual hot water usage in your home by up to 60 percent. Installing low flow faucets will ensure more money stays in your pocket.
6. Schedule maintenance service for your hot water heater.
Often homeowners will maintain their own hot water heater tank, including draining and cleaning the unit themselves. This often leads to problems, and ends up costing more money. It is best to let an experienced professional maintain your hot water heater.
Let the experts at JOB Heating & Air Conditioning ensure your water heater is not costing you more than it should. Schedule your maintenance service today.
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