Ways to reduce your water heater’s energy consumption
People are always looking for a way to save some cash. If you want to cut back on the amount of money you spend then you need to examine your monthly bills. You can take some small steps to reduce the amount of energy you use in your home. If you are continuously running hot water and washing clothes then your water heater will consume a lot of energy. This is one area of your home that you can easily cut back on energy consumption. Here are a few ways that you can reduce the amount of energy your water heater uses each month.
1. One thing that many people do not realize is that they need to insulate their hot water tanks. If you have insulation surrounding your tank it will keep the water warm for much longer, and therefore your heater will run less.
2. Timers. You can always get a timer for your water heater so that it does not run when you are away from the house. Sometimes it will run while you are away to try and compensate for water you have already used. If you will not be returning very soon then you can turn the heater off entirely.
3. Use less hot water. You can pretty much assume that for every 10 degrees of heat you add to your shower water that 5% of your energy bill will increase. There is no need to take such scalding hot showers, as this will only cause your water heater to run overtime.
4. Be more efficient with laundry and dishes. If you are guilty of washing small loads or only running a few utensils through the dish washer then you need to stop that. It is only wasting water- your dishwasher is programmed to use enough water to clean a full load of dishes. If you are not using the entire rack then you are only wasting this space. The same thing can be said of your clothes, be sure to wash full loads so that you aren’t wasting that hot water. Don’t pack the washer full of clothes but make sure it is at full capacity.
5. Consider purchasing a new water heater. If you have used the same heater for your home for over ten years then you should seriously consider upgrading. There are new water heaters on the market that are much more energy efficient than the ones used ten years ago. It may cost you a bit to have it installed, but you will see a serious decrease in your monthly energy bill. A plumber can help you take care of any energy problems with your water heater. Keep that in mind when you are trying to cut back on your monthly bills.
Is the water heater in your La Grange home in need of maintenance? Call Allan E Power Plumbing Heating Cooling at (708) 352-1670 and schedule a service call today!