Have you noticed an increase in your electric or water bill lately? It’s possible that your water heater is the cause. With most appliances, making small changes can drastically reduce costs. Here are a few things that you can do to increase efficiency and cut prices while using your water heater:
Try to use Less Water
By using less water, you can save more on your bill. Think about how much hot water you use every time you shower – it’s a lot! By switching up your shower habits a little, you can use less hot water. Try taking warm showers instead of super hot ones. You can also wash your clothes in cold water, it does just as good of a job. It actually he
Turn Down Your Temperature
Did you know that your hot water tank stays the same temperature 24/7? This means that the water is constantly hot and ready to be delivered through your pipes whenever you need it. Being ready all of the time, as you can imagine, can waste a ton of energy. Just by turning down the temperature a few degrees on your water heater, you can save. This dramatically decreases your energy usage and helps you to save on your utility bills. If you aren’t sure how to turn down the temperature, you can ask a Stewart professional for assistance.
Switch it Off When You Don’t Need It
If you’re going on vacation, or you know you will be out of the house for an extended period of time, it’s a good idea to switch off your water heater. Most models don’t take much more than an hour to reheat, so it’s perfectly fine to turn them off if you won’t be around to use hot water.
Your tank should be insulated! Any tank that isn’t can suffer massive heat loss which is a major waste of energy. Insulation is inexpensive and can save you on your utilities. Try touching your tank – if it’s warm to the touch it means you’re losing heat.
Set a Timer
Programmable timers on electric models can shut the heat off when you don’t need it. It’s important to remember that it does take a while to heat back up. Just be sure that your timing is thought out and you won’t even notice that its off!
Upgrade If You Need To
Most water heaters have a lifespan of 8-12 years. Newer technology, however, is always better for efficiency. . An inefficient machine requires more energy to operate, which can put a dent in your wallet when its time to pay your utilities. Investing in a new machine will save you money in the long run, so call Stewart if you have any questions about selecting a new model.
How Stewart Can Help You
If you find yourself in need of water heater maintenance or replacement, we have you covered from start to finish! A new or tuned-up water heater can give a home or business owner several benefits, including:
- Reduced energy bills.
- Water conservation.
- Increased home value.
- Better temperature regulation.
For all of your water heater needs, call Stewart Plumbing today!