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Five Tips for Lowering Your Hot Water Heater’s Energy Usage

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Water heating is the second biggest consumer of energy in an average home. It accounts for 20 percent of the annual utility bill. Although replacing the old water systems with a newer and more efficient model is one of them many options, the cost still remains high and homeowners ends up digging deeper into their pockets. There are a number of things you can do to reduce the energy used in water heating. Below are some of the tips you can use to lower your water heating energy usage. Doing this will lower your bill by a substantial margin and help you save money.

Blessings Tip 1: Lowering the Thermostat

Many manufacturers usually set their models at 140 degrees Fahrenheit despite the fact that it is way too hot for residential use. This is a waste of energy because even a degree can have some difference in the amount of energy used. You can deal with this issue by lowering the thermostat temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit on the standard unit. Many electric versions have two thermostats – one is used for the lower heating element and the other is for the upper heating element. Both of them should be set at the same temperature to prevent premature wear of either element and save money.

Blessings Tip 2: Installation of Low-Flow Showerhead

Showers are more efficient than baths, but there is still a lot of water wasted. Low-flow model showers usually cut the water used meaning less water will be heated and less energy used in heating. It’s a good idea to replace the old shower heads with newer and more efficient shower heads. For homeowners with larger families, the cost of replacing the shower head will be recovered in savings in a very short period of time. One thing you need to know is that the Low-Flow Showerheads have enough power to get the job done.

Blessings Tip 3: Add Insulation

Adding insulation is one of the easiest and effective ways of reducing your water heating energy usage. Insulating the pipes and tanks helps prevent the loss of heat and saves on energy that could have been used in reheating the water. Before you do this, make sure you read the manufacturer’s instructions. There are many manufacturers that are against doing this, and doing so void the warranty. Insulation won’t cost you a lot, and in the end cuts the amount of energy used in water heating.

Blessings Tip 4: Repair Leaky Faucets

A leaky or faulty faucet and/or showerheads can be expensive and annoying at the same time, especially when heated. They can usually be easily repaired or replaced. If the pipes are the problem, then you will need to contact a licensed plumber such as Blessings Plumbing quickly. Failing to do the correct repairs will result in the water heater working harder than normal.

Blessings Tip 5: Install a Timer

Traditional hot water heaters can be incredibly wasteful because they can run all the time. Electric heaters usually give the owner a chance to control usage with the professional installation of a timer. For those who travel a lot, automatic timers can be a good option.
The above tips will ensure you cut the energy use of water heating.

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