10 Hot Water Heater Tips

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Here is a list of our top ten ways to save money on operating ones water heater.  With a proper maintenance performed on a regular basis, and some easy to do water conservation practices, it is easy to save money on a household’s monthly water and energy expenses.

  1.  Lowering the water temperature on the water heater thermostat. The factory preset for most water heater’s is higher than what it needs to be. Having it set around 120 degree at the most should work well for most households.

2.  Consider installing a heat trap.  According to Water Heater Hub, “Using either a heat trap loop or heat trap nipple can reduce wasted heat by as much as 60 percent. That really adds up when the bills come in. In addition, many state and local ordinances now require heat traps.”

3.  Use insulation around ones hot water heater storage tank.  Especially if ones water heater is an older model, this can be an excellent way to keep more heat inside the water storage tank in the winter time.  Newcomb and Company have steps on how to add the insulation here.  Read our article on this topic here as well.

4.  Use more cold water in the home.  From washing clothes in the washing machine to taking showers, there are benefits to use cold water instead of hot water.  Here is an article that describes what they are.

5. Periodically drain the water in the water storage tank.  Sediment naturally forms within the water storage tank due to the chemical reaction process that takes place within.  As the sediment deposits build up, it will help lower the efficiency of the water heater.  A yearly task of draining some of the water from the storage tank will eliminate this sediment and increase efficiency once again.  We have information on doing this here.  There is a nice video on it here too.

6. Using a timer on the water heater is one way of saving money on energy when the water heater will not be used, like in the evening.  It’s easy enough for homeowners to install a water heater timer themselves. Here is a nice guide on different types: https://www.hot-water-heaters-reviews.com/electric-water-heater-timer.html

7. Inspect of leaky water faucets in the home, especially from hot water faucets.  According to WaterSmart, “Water leaks that cause damage may be more insidious than is initially obvious. A water line crack as small as 1/8 of an inch can leak as much as 250 gallons of water daily, and a leaky toilet flapper looses around 200 gallons each day. Even a faucet leaking as little as one drip per second can waste up to 3,000 gallons of water each year.”

8.  Replacing older appliances with those that are more energy efficient is a big help too!

9.  Adding insulation wraps to the hot water heater pipes leaving the water storage tank is important too.  This video show the process of installing them.  Don’t worry, it is super easy to do.

10.  Lastly, depending on the age of your current water heater, there comes a time when it will save money by having a new model installed in order to reap the rewards of saving money on energy expenses.  Don’t hesitate contacting us to discuss what your different options are.

Check out this infograpic from the US Department of Energy also:

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