If you’re trying to save money on your energy bills, your water heater is not your friend. Most tanks work constantly to keep hot water ready when you need it but water cools as it sits, thus wasting energy. So how can you combat “standby heat loss”? Find out below.
Lower Thermostat, Higher Savings
Lowering the temperature on your water heater by a measly 10 degrees can save you up to 5% on your heating bill. Most water heaters come with a preset temperature of 140 degrees, but you can go down to 120 degrees and still have plenty of warm water.
Drain The Tank
Sediment builds up in the tank over time and causes efficiency to dramatically decrease. Draining the tank periodically will allow it to run more efficiently and will save you money.
Wrap The Tank With Insulation
Have an older tank that’s located in a cool place in your home? Wrapping it in an insulating blanket will help tremendously. Look for an R-value of at least 24, which you can purchase and install for about $20. This is a cheap and easy way to reduce energy costs.
In addition to these tips, regular maintenance is a necessity. If you notice that your water heater is not operating properly, give the plumbing experts at Uptown a call. We’ll come by to diagnose and solve the problem without making you wait!