Water Heating Energy Saving Tips

Water heating is the second-largest energy user in your home. You can save energy and water by ensuring your hot water heater is operating optimally and by using heated water more sensibly.

Turn the Water Heater Temperature Down

Adjust the temperature down to 120 F or lower you will still enjoy the hot water and save energy.

Insulate the Water Pipes

Reduce heat loss from the hot water heater to the faucet by insulating the first six feet of exposed hot water pipes with inexpensive pipe insulation.

Upgrade Your Water Heater

Heating water accounts for about 13% of your energy usage. A high-efficiency water heater will save you energy and money, at least 7% for an ENERGY STAR model.

Wrap Your Water Heater

If the exterior shell of your electric water heater is warm to the touch, install a non-flammable, insulating water heater blanket to reduce heat loss.

Consider a Tankless Water Heater

A tankless water heater provides you with continuous hot water and uses about 30% less energy than a traditional tank model.

Remove the Sediment

Sediment build-up impedes heat transfer and lowers efficiency, so occasionally drain a quart of water from your tank or until the water runs clear.

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