Water heaters provide soothing, warm water for cooking and cleaning throughout the cold months, but an overused water heater can easily lead to energy loss and high utility bills in your Marrero, Louisiana, home. This winter, follow these four easy tips to saving energy with your water heater.
Reduce Hot Water Consumption
To save energy with your water heater, start with monitoring your family’s everyday use. If you’ve fallen into the habit of filling the bathtub to the brim for a daily bath, consider taking a short shower instead. If you can keep the shower to just a few minutes and about 10 gallons of water, you can cut down hot water consumption significantly. Make an effort to turn off the faucet while using hot water for activities like shaving or washing dishes to lower your consumption even more.
Turn Down the Thermostat
By default, most water heaters are set at 140 degrees. Not only can this easily produce scalding water, but it can also increase your utility bill unnecessarily. The Department of Energy recommends lowering the water heater’s temperature to 120 degrees, which can help you save up to 10 percent of costs related to water heating.
Install Heat Traps
If your water heater wastes heat or struggles to maintain a consistent temperature, heat traps can help eliminate waste and lower your energy costs. While some newer water heaters already have heat traps in place, most older models require a retrofit. Since this can be a complex process, contact a professional water heater technician for assistance with installing heat traps.
Replace an Outdated Water Heater
If your aging water heater no longer meets your household’s hot water needs, consider replacing it with an Energy Star certified model. Consult with a professional to learn more about advanced water heater options like tankless or on-demand models.
Whether you need professional advice to manage an aging water heater or you’re in the market for a new model, we’re here to help. Call the water heater experts at Bryans United Air Conditioning: 504-208-2071.
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