As plumbing professionals, we know how costly it is to run a water heater in terms of energy consumption. Luckily, the are a couple tricks which can help your pocket feel some stress relief.
1. Choose a brief shower over a long bath.
Of course, this isn't always true. It depends on a number of factors. You need to think about how large your tub is and other particulars. But it is something to think about. Many people assume a bath is a more efficient use of water, but that isn't always the case. So consider the possibility that a short shower will actually reduce how much hot water you use compared to a long bath, especially if you are the kind of person who likes to refresh the bath temperature by periodically adding yet more hot water to the tub.
2. Consider replacing your old water heater with a newer one.
Okay, older heaters may just be straight up getting inefficient. But, in addition, water heater technology has changed a lot in recent years. There are lots of new options today that didn't exist before. So look around at what is out there, gather some information, and break out your calculator. If buying a new heater reduces your heating bill by a large enough margin, it may pay for itself in a short period of time and then start saving you real money for years to come.
3. Consider a timer.
These days, you can get a timer that turns off your electric water heater at night or some other time when you simply aren't using hot water. Plus, you can look at turning it off during peak demand times when electricity is more expensive. This can be especially helpful and convenient if you have an alternative schedule that is somewhat out of step with the nine-to-five crowd.
4. Set the water heater to 120°F.
If you have an old-fashioned tank heater, every 10ºF reduction in temperature equates to about 3%–5% reduction in your water heating costs. Many people keep the temperature at 140°F. Dropping that by 20° can really add up.
5. Find and fix any leaks in your home.
In one country, there is a maxim that goes "Drop by drop the river grows." A leak that just involves drips may seem insignificant, but, over time, it adds up. One calculator indicates that a leak which drips one drop per second can add up to more than 3000 gallons of water per year. If there are multiple small leaks, that quickly turns into at least a stream.
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