Mostly everyone will agree that their home can’t function without hot water. But as energy costs continue to rise, homeowners are looking for ways to save money without giving up creature comforts like long hot showers and comfortable climate control. However, most people don’t know that their water heaters are the second leading energy consumer in most households behind the HVAC equipment. So if you can increase the energy efficiency of your water heater, you can save a substantial amount of money each month on your electric bills. The following simple tips will let you get the most energy efficiency possible from your home’s water heater.
When you think about how often you use hot water, you will quickly see that it is only a few hours out of each twenty-four-hour day. But your water heater is working, and using energy, to keep that large holding tank of water hot every minute of every day. So any way that you can help your water heater tank keep that water warm with added insulation rather than using added energy to reheat it, the better. Most big box and hardware stores sell water heater blankets designed to add insulation without blocking access to the controls on the unit. In addition, adding insulation to the exposed hot water lines will help keep the water hotter as it flows to your shower or sinks.
Drain And Flush The Water Heater Tank
All water contains some minerals and contaminants that settle into the bottom of your water heater holding tank. As the minerals build up, they begin to form a layer of insulation around the heating element. Over time, that insulation forces the heating element to be overworked to heat and maintain the water temperature in the tank. Draining and flushing your water heater regularly will eliminate the mineral buildup and allow the unit to heat water much more energy efficiently.
When you notice that your water is not quite as warm as it once was, try draining and flushing the tank before adjusting the temperature setting. In most cases, removing the sediment will restore your water to the proper temperature and decrease the energy needed to heat and maintain the water in the holding tank.
Fix Water Leaks
If you discover a dripping faucet in your home, there is a 50/50 chance that it is hot water running down the drain. Not only are you paying for the water that is being wasted, but you are also paying to heat it. Even if the drips do not feel hot, it could be a leak in the hot water valve. Because the water is moving so slowly toward the faucet, just a drip at a time, it is cooling in the water lines before getting to the faucet. But it is gradually depleting your hot water. Have any leaks repaired as soon as you notice them to eliminate any possibility of wasting hot water and the energy used to heat it.
Turn Down The Temperature
Even if you love a hot shower, you might want to consider turning down the temperature on your water heater. In many cases, you will not notice any difference in your shower quality. You will just be adding less cold water to the hot water. But your water heater will operate more efficiently when it does not heat the water as hot.
If you discover an issue with your water heater that needs professional repair, call (214) 388-4525. The licensed plumbers at Metroplex Leak & Locate are here 24/7 to assist you with emergency repairs or service for your water heater and plumbing.