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How To Save Energy With Your Hot Water

Posted by Paul Wadsworth on Thu, Dec 09, 2010 @ 12:56 PM

Paying for energy is almost always one of the largest chunks of a household budget – which means that finding ways to save energy and money is always a good idea.  You can save energy with a few strategies to make the most of your hot water.

Before we talk about the specific methods, try this: Take your energy bill and divide the amount by seven.  This figure is approximately how much you spend to heat your water, and should give you a good idea of how much money you can save by reducing the overall amount of energy you consume with your hot water.

One of the first ways you can save energy with your hot water consumption is simple: Reduce the amount of hot water that you use on a regular basis. Installing special low-flow showerheads can cut the amount of hot water you produce by as much as 30% while still giving you a strong-enough spray to bathe.  Faucet aerators can help to control flow rates for different parts of the house as well.

A second way to save energy is to lower the temperature on water heaters. Consider this:  Most hot water heaters are limited to 120 degrees to avoid scalding. For every 10 degrees F you lower your temperature, you can save approximately 3-5% on your heater’s energy consumption.

Finally, a third way to save money is to insulate your storage tank, water heaters, and pipes.  Water has to pass through pipes on its way from the tank and heater, and without proper insulation, it loses heat. Something as simple as a pre-cut jacket for your electric water heater costs $10-20 and pays for itself within a year.

Talk to us about installing insulation for your water heating equipment.  For water heaters using gas, propane or fuel oil be sure that if you adding additional insulation to your tank that you don’t block any openings to the burner section or the flue where the gases exit.  A blockage at any of these sites can create a dangerous safety condition.

By using these strategies, you can get started on cutting your hot water consumption and save energy – and money.

P.K. Wadsworth services the Greater Cleveland, OH area including cities Chagrin Falls, Shaker Heights, Eastlake or anywhere in between.  To get started, check out our website.

Topics: electric water heater, water heating equipment, energy bill, proper insulation, ways to save energy., energy consumption, hot water heaters, faucet aerators, flow rates, storage tank, water consumption

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