Heating and cooling your home is expensive, but most of you know this already. What you might not know is that heating your water is expensive as well. In fact, heating water ranks second in overall energy consumption. If you are making a conscious effort to lower your utility bills, looking into ways to save on heating water is paramount.
In the fight to save in energy costs, your water heater is at a disadvantage. This is because your water heater sits in your basement sucking up gas or electricity keeping water hot whether you need it at the moment or not. But rest assured, should you wake up in the middle of the night wanting a hot shower, all the hot water you need is there.
So if you are tired of your water heater being such an energy hog, there are things you can do. Momentum AC, your HVAC contractor in Tampa Bay, offers ways in which you can cut water heating bills.
Drain the Sediment
Over time, sediment builds up in your water heater and makes it have to work harder. For this reason, you need to drain it from time to time. Most manufacturers recommend you perform this task every six months. It only takes about 15 minutes, so it is well worth the time and effort.
If you don’t know how to drain your water heater, the internet can help as there are plenty of tutorials on YouTube.
We don’t care if your bathrooms are outdated, but your plumbing fixtures should be up-to-date. If your shower heads and faucets were made before 1992, have them replaced with low-flow models. They use about half as much water as the old faucets and shower heads and you will be amazed by how much energy they save.
If you have a leaky faucet that you have been ignoring for the last few years, now is the time to fix it. Even with a slow leak, 60 drips per minute, you are wasting over 3,000 gallons of water a year. And if this is coming from your water heater, not only are you paying for wasted water, but you are also paying for higher energy costs.
Lower the Thermostat
Go check and see what your water heater thermostat is set on. If it is set above 120 degrees, dial it back a few notches. For every 10-degree reduction, you will save about three to five percent in energy costs.
Insulate Your Pipes
Insulate the first few feet of the pipe that comes out of your water heater. It is a cheap and easy task that will save you money. If you have a gas water heater, make sure you keep the insulation at least six inches away from the flue.
Get a New Water Heater
New water heaters are well-insulated and don’t lose a lot of heat, so they are inexpensive to run. Tank water heaters last 15 years on average, so it might be time to swap yours out anyway.
For all of your HVAC needs, call Momentum AC.