Water heating accounts for a sizable portion of your total monthly energy bill. Fortunately, there are some easy and inexpensive steps you can take to reduce water heating bills without inconvenient changes to your family’s lifestyle.
Lower the Water Heater Thermostat
Many storage tank water heaters come from the factory preset to 140 degrees. Lowering the setting to 120 degrees will save energy and make your household safer for children who might scald themselves with hot water.
Many water heater thermostats don’t show their settings in degrees, so take note of how far you have to turn the adjusting knob to achieve the temperature you want. Measure the water temperature at the tap furthest from the heater and gradually lower the temperature setting until the water temperature stabilizes at 120 degrees.
Reduce Hot Water Usage
There are several ways you can reduce your family’s hot water use. Install water-saving fittings on shower heads and bathroom and kitchen faucets. Don’t run the dishwasher until it’s full of dishes.
If it’s time to replace your existing water heater, talk to your plumbing contractor about the feasibility of installing an on-demand water heater in your home.
Drain the Hot Water Tank Periodically
Sediment and mineral deposits in the hot water tank restrict heat transfer, causing you to use more energy to heat the water as the equipment ages.
You can drain a few gallons from the bottom of the tank once or twice a year to reduce deposits. Ask your plumber for advice if you’re not sure how to do this safely.
Reduce energy losses by insulating hot water pipes wherever you can reach them. Check the hardware or plumbing supply store for foam sleeves that fit over pipes.
Water Heater Tank Insulation
Insulating an older water heater tank can save energy. Follow manufacturer’s recommendations for safe insulation application. Newer water heaters are already well-insulated, so adding external insulation won’t pay for itself.
For more tips on how to reduce water heating bills in your Chicago area home, contact the experienced pros at Hollub Inc.
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