A significant portion of your energy bill each month is actually connected to the use of your hot water heater. In most homes, your hot water heater makes up around 18% of your energy bill. These tips will help you reduce how often you use your water heater and thus will help reduce your overall energy costs.
# 1 Turn Down The Temperature Of Your Water Heater
One of the easiest ways to reduce the energy that your water heater uses is by turning down the temperature of your water heater. Try turning your water heater down by 5 degrees and see if you even notice a difference when you shower or wash your hands. If you can’t really even tell, turn it down another 5 degrees for a total of 10 degrees.
By turning down the temperature of your water heater, you reduce how much energy your heater has to expel to heat up water, which should help reduce your overall energy costs in relation to your water heater.
#2 Insulate The Pipes Connected To Your Water Heater
Next, you need to insulate the pipes that come out of your water heater for the hot and cold water in your home. Insulating these pipes will help ensure that the water stays hot as it travels through your pipes and will help reduce the energy that your hot water heater has to make to meet your demand for hot water as you keep turning up your faucet. If the water stays hot along its journey through your pipes, you won’t have to turn the hot water up so high.
To insulate the pipes, you can purchase pipe insulation at your local home improvement store. Basically this insulation is rounded with a slit in it so that you can slide it over the pipe. Cut the insulation down to the right side, slide it into place, and then use insulated electrical tape to wrap up the insulation to keep it in place and increase its effectiveness.
To start with, insulate the first few feet of both the hot and cold water pipes. If you are able to, try to insulate these pipes along their entire length. This will help keep your water temperatures more consistent and should also protect your pipes against freezing.
Reduce the energy that your hot water heater uses by dropping the maximum temperature for your water down and also insulating the water pipes running into and out of your hot water heater.
For more information, contact local professionals like Brother’s Plumbing.