There are many reasons why you should want to make your water heater more energy efficient, including:
- To save money on energy costs
- To prolong the lifespan of your water heater
- To live a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle
While all of that sounds great, here’s the million-dollar question: what steps can you take to make your water heater more energy efficient?
Here’s a telling excerpt from the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy website:
Water heating accounts for about 18% of your home’s energy use. Reducing your hot water use, employing energy-saving strategies, and choosing an energy-efficient water heater for your home pool can help you reduce your monthly water heating bills.
Is it a surprise to you that your water heater accounts for so much of your home’s energy use?
Now that you understand the importance of making your water heater more energy efficient, let’s examine three of the best ways of doing so:
1. Turn it Down
It’s common to adjust your furnace during the winter months, but many people never think about touching the thermostat on their water heater.
Lowering the thermostat on your water heater will position you to save money on your energy bill.
The best thing you can do is slowly turn down your thermostat, test the water, and adjust it as necessary.
The typical factory preset temperature for a water heater is between 130-140°F. By turning it down to the United States Department of Energy’s recommendation of 120°F, you’re in position to save roughly five percent on your water heating costs.
2. Go Tankless
Tankless water heaters are all the rage. Not only do they take up less space, but they’re designed to be more energy-efficient.
When compared to a traditional water heater, the primary difference of a tankless unit is that it only runs when you’re actually using hot water. This is in contrast to traditional units that keep water hot in a tank, thus making it available for on demand use.
3. Bigger (or Smaller) isn’t Always Better
Just the same as air conditioners and furnaces, many homeowners believe that bigger is better. However, if you go down this path, you may end up with a water heater that is too big and too powerful for your home.
Conversely, if you opt for a water heater that’s too small, you can also run into issues.
Let’s take for example an undersized water heater. If it’s too small to provide enough hot water to meet your needs, the burner will constantly run. Subsequently, your energy costs increase.
This doesn’t mean you should purchase the largest water heater on the market. It simply means you should purchase one that’s the perfect size for your home.
If you’re concerned about the energy efficiency of your current water heater, it may be time for a water heater repair or replacement.
Contact us to schedule an inspection of your current water heater. From there, we can answer your questions, provide guidance, and help you conserve energy moving forward.