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Tips For Saving Energy With Your Water Heater

Do you have concerns about your home's water heater wasting a lot of energy? If so, there are some tips that can help reduce how much energy this appliance uses.

Lower The Thermostat

Were you aware that your water heater has a thermostat that controls the temperature of the hot water? A water heater that produces very hot water is going to naturally use more energy than one that has a low temperature setting. You may find that by turning down the heat, you save money, and you can use less cold water when showering to cool it down to the right temperature.

You can also lower the thermostat at times when you know you are not going to be using hot water that much. For example, if you are leaving on an extended vacation for several weeks, you can lower the temperature of the water heater. Just make sure not to turn it off completely if you are leaving during a winter vacation, since the water in the tank can freeze.

Add Insulation

You can also reduce how much energy escapes from the tank by adding insulation. Start by insulating those hot water pipes with foam so that the water is not losing heat while sitting in the pipes. This will cause you to use less hot water when you turn on the faucet and realize that it is not completely hot.

Another option is to add insulation to the hot water tank, which will prevent heat from leaving the reserve tank when it is waiting to be used. This is typically called a water heater blanket, and it can be purchased from a local home improvement store. Consider this if the hot water heater is in a cold place, such as a garage without much insulation, which can cause the water to become cold.

Remove Sediment

Removing all the sediment from the bottom of your hot water tank will also help reduce energy use. The tank will not work harder than it has to in order to heat up the water and that sediment, which saves money over time. All you need to do is allow the sediment to drain out of the tank by opening the spigot. The frequency with which this needs to be done really depends on where you live and how much sediment is naturally found in the water. If you have well water that is not filtered, you may have to do this more often than someone with a municipal water connection.

Contact professional water heater services to learn more.