Save Money on Your Energy Bill with Tips from a Plumber

Save Money on Your Energy Bill with Tips from a Plumber

Hot water is an essential part of our daily lives. We use it to take showers, wash clothes, clean dishes, and much more. But do you ever think about how much it costs to heat and use hot water? The government estimates that the amount of energy used to heat water is second to that of heating or cooling a home. Following is money-saving advice from a Roto-Rooter plumber.

Conventional Water Heaters

Most homes have water heaters with storage tanks. Below are three tips for saving money with a traditional system.

Adjust the Tank's Temperature

Water heaters should be set to 120 degrees which is adequate for most household needs. Water temperature that is hotter than 120 degrees not only wastes a lot of energy but poses a scalding risk.

Flush the Tank Regularly

Sediment can accumulate in the bottom of a tank which reduces its efficiency. Flushing the old water and sediment out of your tank can increase its efficiency as well as make it last longer. Do this once or twice a year depending on how hard your water is.

Make Sure It's Insulated Properly

Heat can be lost if the tank isn't insulated properly. Newer models are better insulated than older models. If you have an older tank you can purchase an insulating water heater blanket from the plumbing section of a hardware store.

Tankless Water Heaters

In many instances tankless water heaters may be a more efficient, cheaper way to go. With a tankless system you get hot water on-demand. This means that as soon as the water comes out of the tap it is hot. Because they don't have to keep a large tank of water hot all the time, tankless systems can be more energy efficient. Tankless systems, though, do not provide a lot of hot water all at the same time. Therefore, if you have a large family you may want to stick with a conventional storage water heater.

When to Use a Tankless System

Just because you have a water heater that uses a tank doesn't mean you can't benefit from a tankless system. Our plumbers can convert any room or sink in your house to a tankless system. For example, you can use a tankless system in situations such as the following:

  • A room where it takes a long time for the hot water to travel to it
  • A sink or faucet where you want hot water instantly, such as a hot water tap in addition to your regular kitchen sink taps
  • An entire house if you have a small household
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