Harboring An Energy Hog?

Water heaters account for nearly 17 percent of a home’s energy use, more than all other household appliances put together! Here are some ways to make sure your water heater isn’t making you take a bath financially!


Have The Family Talk


One easy fix? Adjust your family’s behavior. Turn water off while you’re washing dishes or shampooing in the shower.  The same goes for when you are brushing your teeth.  Going on vacation? Set your water heater to vacation mode when you’re away for an extended time. You’ll be surprised at how much water you can save, helping the planet along with your checkbook.


Upgrade to Low-Flow


Finally, make upgrades here and there, such as installing low-flow fixtures in your shower and sinks.  You can get new water efficient toilets that use less water, too.  And if your water heater isn’t currently insulated, wrap it in an insulation blanket.


Considerations Concerning Water Heaters




If it’s time to invest in a new water heater, select one that is energy efficient.  Also consider the different types of water heaters available in order to choose the right size and fuel source for your home.


Conventional water heaters with built-in storage tanks offer an immediate supply of hot water. Tankless or demand-type water heaters don’t utilize a storage tank, but rather heat water directly.  Tankless coil and indirect water heaters use a home’s space heating system to heat water. Solar water heaters utilize the sun’s energy and heat. And heat pump water heaters move heat from one place to another.


Weigh The Pros And Cons


The fuel type you use for water heating will be proportionate to its operational costs. One type of water heater may use a fuel type more efficiently than another type of water heater. For example, an electric heat pump water heater typically is more energy efficient than an electric conventional storage water heater. Also, an electric heat pump water heater might have lower energy costs because of its higher efficiency than a gas-fired conventional storage water heater, even though local natural gas costs might be lower than the electricity rates.


The size you’ll need should also be taken into consideration. The expert team at Roger’s Plumbing will gladly help you size up the sort of water heater you’ll need for your home and assist in comparing operating costs with various models.   They can also assist with any water heater repairs in Austin you may need.



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