Next to Heating and Cooling systems, water heaters are the third biggest users of energy in modern homes. However, water heating is a year-round expense, and in some cases it can make up 25% or more of a person’s monthly power bill. If a homeowner wants to know how to cut expenses, they can try the tips below.
Reduce Hot Water Usage
The simplest way to reduce the amount of money spent on water heating is to cut back on hot water usage. Doing laundry in cold water rather than hot can save about 30 gallons for every load done. A home dishwasher can use 10 gallons or more per use while doing dishes in the sink will only use about four gallons each time.
Lower the Thermostat
Most units come from the factory with a temperature setting of 120° F, which is sufficiently hot for most home usage. If the unit’s thermostat is set at a higher level, lowering the setting can conserve a great deal of energy.
Insulate the Unit
Insulating a Water Heater in Muskegon can keep water hotter for longer, and it can prevent the loss of energy as the unit sits idle. When insulating the storage tank on a water heater, a repair pro will avoid covering the thermostat; on oil- or natural gas-fueled units, the bottom, top and burners will be left uncovered as well. Homeowners can see substantial savings by insulating the sections of pipe closest to the unit, or by putting in heat traps.
Maintain the Unit Properly, and Replace When Necessary
A Water Heater in Muskegon will accrue sediment, which can slow heat transfer and cause units to work less efficiently. A repair pro can remove the sediment by partially draining the tank. Most heaters can last up to 15 years, but they can show signs of wear at around the seven-year mark. If a homeowner needs a new unit, they should choose one that will serve their needs and meet their budget. Bowen Refrigeration can help the homeowner choose the right unit. An energy-efficient heater may be a bigger investment, but most of that cost can be recouped in the form of monthly utility bill savings.
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