Ways to reduce your water heater's energy consumption
Turn down the thermostat on the tank
Most water heaters come with a preset temperature that is simply too high and adds to the risk of scalding. It is said that for every ten degrees one lowers his or her water heater, it will lower the energy bill by roughly five percent. If your water heater is set at 140 degrees Fahrenheit, lower it to about 120 degrees. This temperature is more than practical as it will still give you those warm showers you desire, but will also save you plenty of money.
Use less hot water
We're not telling you to stop taking hot showers, but to simply cut impractical use of hot water. Low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators will do wonders in cutting the amount of hot water you use.
Drain the tank
Sediment builds in tanks and they need to be drained annually to help save you energy costs.
Add insulation to those exposed hot-water pipes in your home
Exposed hot water pipes will mean that your water is going to take a bit longer to heat up. Thankfully, all one has to do is insulate the pipes. Hiring someone to get those hard-to-reach pipes insulated will really help to save on energy costs.
Insulate the tank
Most newer water heaters will already have an insulation component, but those with older models will want to get an insulation blanket. If water heaters are in a cold place in your home, it is efficient to insulate them for added performance and energy savings.
Is the water heater in your Vernon home in need of maintenance? Call The Water Heater Medic at (860) 896-3342 and schedule a service call today!