Accounting for nearly 18% of your electric bill, heating water is the second largest energy expense in your home. Whether looking for a short-term band-aid or a long-term solution, you can get started with these simple tips.
- Install aerating, low-flow faucets and showerheads.
- Repair leaky faucets promptly; a leaky faucet wastes gallons of water in a short period of time.
- Set the thermostat on your water heater to 120°F to get comfortable hot water for most uses.
- Insulate your hot-water storage tank but be careful not to cover the thermostat. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. When in doubt, get professional help.
- Insulate the first 6 feet of the hot and cold water pipes connected to the water heater.
- Install heat traps on the hot and cold pipes at the water heater to prevent heat loss. Most new water heaters have built-in heat traps.
- Drain a quart of water from your water tank every 3 months to remove sediment that impedes heat transfer and lowers the efficiency of your heater. Follow the manufacturer’s directions.
- Buy a new energy-efficient water heater. While it may cost more initially than a standard water heater, the energy savings will continue during the lifetime of the appliance. Learn more about ENERGY STAR appliances by visiting http://www.energystar.gov.
- Consider natural gas on-demand or tankless water heaters, which heat water directly without using a storage tank. Researchers have found energy savings can be up to 30% compared with a standard natural gas storage tank water heater.
- Consider installing a drain-water waste heat recovery system. Drain-water, or greywater, heat recovery systems capture the energy from waste hot water—such as showers and dishwashers—to preheat cold water entering the water heater or going to other water fixtures.
- Heat pump water heaters can be very cost effective in some areas. They typically use 50% less electricity to heat water than conventional electric water heaters. This technology can pose some installation challenges, so you should consult with an installer before you purchase one.
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