According to U.S. Department of Energy, water heating is the second largest energy expense in most homes, falling behind heating and cooling. As the summer heat begins to pass and the cooler weather sets in, we often see a rise in our energy bills. We’ve compiled some helpful hot water heater tips to help you reduce your electric bill.
While we are proponents of long-term solutions for lowering energy usage, small changes with our habits involving water usage in the home can have a significant impact.
Lower the temperature on your water heater. By lowering your water heater by 10 degrees, you can save up to 5% on your water heating costs. Keeping the water heater thermostat at 120 degrees provides a comfortable amount of hot water for most household uses.
Insulate your water heater. By insulating your water heater, you are helping to protect the hot water from the cool air surrounding the unit. Use caution to never cover the thermostat on your electric hot-water storage tank, and always follow the manufacturer’s specifications. Additionally, try insulating the first six feet of hot and cold water pipes that connect to the water heater.
Purchase a new, energy efficient water heater. Outdated water heaters waste energy because they were created in a time when energy efficiency was an afterthought. Current technologies offer a wide range of money-saving possibilities for consumers. Check out our post on how to choose the right size conventional water heater.
Shorten shower times. When the weather cools, it is tempting to take a long, hot shower to warm the bones. However, these long showers can skyrocket utility bills. Begin by installing aerating, low-flow showerheads. If the air in the bathroom is cold, try tightly closing the door to lock in the steam and invest in large, fluffy towels.
Call In The Experts
Choosing the hot water option that fits best with your family’s needs can be complicated, but your Just Right Services technicians can guide you through the process and ensure that your new system is installed safely and efficiently. Contact Just Right Services today at (949) 245-6320 to get trusted advice about your hot water heating system.