Do It Yourself Water Heater Tips

Don't take the comfort and convenience of having hot water in your home for granted. It's not pleasant to shower, bathe, do laundry or wash dishes without it. Plus, an inefficient system could be susceptible to more frequent water heater repairs. Use these do-it-yourself tips to help extend the life of your water heater, and save water and energy.

Water Heater Energy Saving Tips

Below are some general tips to help extend the life of your water heater.

  • Lower the thermostat on your water heater; water heaters sometimes come from the factory with high temperature settings, but a setting of 120 degrees provides comfortable hot water for most uses.
  • Drain a quart or more of water from your tank (until the water runs clear) every month or two to remove sediment that impedes heat transfer and lowers the efficiency of your water heater.

Water & Energy Saving Tips


There are several ways to cut your water heating bills, including using less hot water, turning down the thermostat on your water heater, or purchasing a new, more energy-efficient water heater. A family of four that each showers for 5 minutes per day uses 700 gallons of water a week, which is enough for a 3-year supply of drinking water for one person. You can cut that amount in half by using low pressure showerheads and faucets.

  • Repair leaky faucets and toilets promptly. A leak wastes gallons of water in a short period.
  • Install aerators in faucets and low flow showerheads to reduce the amount of hot water that flows out.
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