Home hot water heating expenses can be high, often accounting for as much as 25% of the money spent every month on residential energy. Here are six ways you can effectively save more energy when using your water heater:
- Insulate the hot water tank. Hot water tanks can lose a lot of energy as the water stored within them cools. Look for commercially made insulating jackets that sheathe the tank. Insulating the tank can cut standby heat loss by up to 45%. On the other hand, be sure not go too far and block off air intakes or exhaust areas around the discharge of fumes. This can create serious safety issues!
- Use low-flow plumbing fixtures. Low-flow faucets, showerheads and other fixtures limit the amount of hot water flowing out of them while still providing plenty of water for household tasks. Look for shower heads with a flow rate of less than 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm), bathroom fixtures with a rate of 0.5 to 1.5 gpm and kitchen faucets with a rate of 2.2 gpm.
- Find and fix hot water leaks. Even small leaks in your hot water system can add up to major losses of water, energy and money. Locate and repair leaks in pipes, faucets, shower heads and at the hot water tank.
- Switch to high-efficiency appliances. Household appliances with high efficiency ratings are designed to use less energy and water while still providing high levels of performance. Look for Energy Star-certified appliances for the best efficiency; these products have been government tested and verified to be highly energy efficient.
- Reduce hot water usage and waste. Probably the simplest way to cut down on the expense of hot water is to use and waste less of it. Use easy techniques such as switching to warm or cold water for washing dishes and laundry. Stop letting the hot water faucet run while shaving or washing up.
- Maintain your hot water tank. A contractor can perform maintenance on your hot water tank to help sustain performance and insure that it is operating safely.
P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling is a trusted provider of professional HVAC sales, maintenance, and repair to customers in Cleveland and the surrounding areas. Contact us today for more information on how to save energy when using your water heater.
Paul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.
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