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Water-Heating Costs Out Of Control? 5 Tips For Reducing Energy Consumption

Water-Heating Costs Out Of Control? 5 Tips For Reducing Energy ConsumptionWater-heating costs account for a significant percentage of the average household’s total energy consumption, and reducing them can help you save hundreds of dollars per year. In addition to upgrading to a more efficient water-heating technology, such as a tankless water heater or a solar water heater, there are also some practical steps you can take to cut down on your overall water-heating costs.

Here are five simple things you can do to improve your energy efficiency in this area.

  • Reduce hot water consumption. The simplest and most effective thing you can do is to use less hot water. Take shorter showers, install lower-flow water fixtures, avoid letting your hot water tap run unnecessarily, and use cold water to do your laundry whenever possible.
  • Lower the thermostat. Most standard water heaters have three thermostat settings: 100, 120 and 140 degrees, with 140 degrees being the default. If you adjust it down to 120 degrees, you can start saving money instantly. One exception, though, is households with residents who have compromised immune systems or weakened resistance to certain bacteria. Lowering your thermostat allows certain strains of bacteria found in drinking water to thrive. While they aren’t harmful to a healthy person, they can affect the health of someone with weaker immunity.
  • Add insulation. You can insulate both your storage tank and hot water pipes to prevent heat from escaping. Head to a home improvement store to select the right size storage tank blanket and sleeves for your hot water pipes.
  • Use a timer. If your utility company charges shifting rates for power consumption at various times of day, install a timer so that your water heater operates during off-peak hours.
  • Take advantage of drain water heat recovery. A drain water heat recovery system captures the thermal energy in hot water going down the drain and reuses it in your storage tank. While this technology requires an up-front investment, it’s well worth it in the long run.

At Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing, we’re here to help homeowners throughout the Grand Traverse County area save money on their utility costs. If you’d like further information on ways to reduce your water-heating costs or if you’d like to price a new, more efficient water heater, please contact us.

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