By receiving hot water during the chilly days is a boon to us. But did you know this hot water has a huge priced associated with it? A hot water tank can account for around 12% of a family's utility bills. A good news is that you can still save money with hot water tanks. Here are a few tips how it is possible.
Maintain the Ideal Temperature
Most hot water heaters are set at 140° by the manufacturers. But, it has been seen that 120° is also a comfortable temperature to maintain and use. Hence, always maintain the thermostat at 120° because for every 10º reduction in temperature, you can save about 3%–5% on your water heating costs.
Insulate the Tank
Your hot water tank can become hot over the years and result in a lot of heat and energy wastage. Insulate your hot water tank using an insulating blanket or jacket to prevent the heat and energy loss. Insulating the tank saves about 4%-9% of water heating bills.
Fix Hot Water Faucets and Fixtures
Check if the faucets and shower heads connected to the hot water tank are in good working condition. If you find leaks in or around the faucets, fixtures, or pipes, fix them at the earliest. Leaks can result in hot water wastage.
Flush the Tank Annually
Over the years, minerals and sediments can get deposited at the bottom of the tank. These sediments affect the heating ability of the tank. Flushing out sediments from hot water tanks at least once a year helps to keep the tank efficient. A well maintained and an efficient hot water tank survives for a longer period and effectively provides enough hot water.
Use less Hot Water
The simplest way to save money with hot water tanks is to use less hot water. Less hot water consumption means less need to use hot water tanks. Here is how you can use less water:
Take Showers instead of Baths
Taking long showers consume a lot more hot water than in bathtubs. Switch to short, nice, hot water bath using a tub.
Use Cold Water Whenever Possible
Some household tasks require hot water. Hence, you need to ensure you don’t turn on the water heater every time you need hot water. Turning on the heater time and again utilizes more power which ultimately increases your electricity bill. However, the key is to only use hot water when it’s extremely important.
Install Low-flow Faucets and Fixtures
Faucets, showerheads, toilets, etc. that exist since 1992, can use almost twice as much water as new ones. The newer, low-flow faucets and fixtures consume less water and still provide a comfortable water usage.
Wash full loads in Appliances
Avoid running a half-filled washing machine and dishwasher as washing fewer clothes or utensils still consume a lot of water. Always wash full loads in your washing machine or dishwasher so that more clothes and utensils are washed using hot water.
If you have a very old or inefficient hot water tank, you can consider replacing it with a new, Energy Star rated, energy efficient tank. Call our water heater experts Edmonton to know which hot water tank can suit your home’s needs.
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The mere thought of your shower spewing out cold water on a chilly morning is horrible. But, this can happen to anyone, even you, if you won’t give much attention to your water tank and don’t get it serviced regularly. We repair, service and install Hot Water Tanks in Edmonton, Sherwood Park, St. Albert, Spruce Grove, Stony Plain and Leduc.
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