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5 Tips to Reduce Your Water Heater's Energy Use

It’s a good idea to evaluate your home’s energy efficiency periodically. Have you noticed the electricity or gas bill increase lately? Your water heater may be to blame. With energy efficiency improvements made to many appliances and systems, the percentage of your home’s energy use is increasingly being taken up by your water heater. This may come as a surprise, but by making small adjustments to your water heater, you can see big changes. Cost-conscious and conservation-minded homeowners may want to implement a few changes to lower their monthly energy bills. With these energy efficiency improvements to your home, you can lower your costs. Read below to find out how!

5 Energy Saving Tips:

  1. Use less water. Try shutting off the water while brushing your teeth. In addition to this, you can replace older shower heads with upgraded, low-flow ones. The less water your water heater has to heat, the less energy it uses.
  2. Insulate your hot water pipes. Insulating the pipes reduces the amount of heat that is lost when hot water flows to your faucets and showers. More importantly, the insulation reduces the heat that is lost when the tap is turned off. Insulated pipes can keep water warm for 30-45 minutes longer. Much energy and water are wasted waiting for hot water to reach its destination.
  3. Lower the water heater temperature to 120°F. Each 10°F drop in water temperature can save around 3-5% on your water heating costs.
  4. Lower the water heater temperature, even more, when you’re on vacation. When you leave for vacation, you can turn your water heater thermostat down to the lowest setting. This is beneficial if you are going to be gone for a week or longer. Just remember to turn it back up when you return!
  5. Improve water heater efficiency. Old water heaters should be insulated with a jacket to reduce heat loss. However, if yours is nearing the end of its life at 8-12 years, we recommend replacing it with a higher efficiency model.

By making smart adjustments to your home, you can save both water and energy. Call (720) 330-4868 or email us to have an experienced, licensed plumbing technician from High 5 Plumbing to provide an in-home estimate to replace your inefficient water heater or old faucets.