Looking to save money? Properly maintaining your water heater can help you with this quest. Not only is it one of the most used appliances in your home; it is also one of the appliances that consumes the most energy. There are a few little tricks you can use to maximize its efficiency, allowing you to lower your utility bill, but without causing you to take quick, cold showers.
Verify capacity – Make sure you have the appropriate size water heater for your family. If you have a large family, but a small water heater – it has to work overtime to keep up with demand. Likewise – if you have a huge water heater and only 2 people in the house, you probably don’t really need that. Unless, you take marathon showers and then maybe you do…
Check for Leaks – Even small drippy leaks add up on your utility bill and can also allow air into your appliance which will cause it to not work properly.
Have your tank cleaned – It is recommended by the Department of Energy that you have your water heater (if it is a tank) cleaned every year to reduce energy cost. Sediment can build up over time and cause your appliance to work harder to heat water.
Install low flow shower heads – low flow shower heads will reduce the amount of water you use, which, in turn will reduce your utility bill. Low flow shower heads bill themselves as being just as good as the old ones that will literally knock the dirt off of you without you even scrubbing so you will have decide what you really think about them…
Upgrade – there are lots of new energy efficient water heaters available today that will reduce your bill by 10% – they are definitely worth looking into.
“Away” or “Vacation” – most water heaters have an “away” or “vacation” mode – when you are going to be away for more than a night or two, it will definitely benefit you to switch to these modes so your tank is not continuously heating water that no one is going to use. Just remember to turn it back on before you need it or you will be having one brisk shower!
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