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Water Heating Tips

Cut your energy costs by more than half with a heat pump water heater

Learn how using heat pump technology with a water heater can be two to three times more efficient and result in big savings on your electric bill.

Fix leaks in pipes and fixtures

You can reduce hot water use—and increase hot water savings—substantially by repairing leaks in fixtures and pipes.

If your water pressure exceeds 40 to 50 pounds, install a pressure-reducing valve

If gauges indicate the water pressure to your home is too high, consider having a plumber install a pressure-reducing valve on the main service. This valve will restrict the amount of hot water that flows from a tap, saving you energy and money.

Install a water-heater timer

Installing a timer, which can be set to heat water four to five hours a day or less, will result in significant monthly savings.

Insulate your hot tub

When installing a hot tub, insulate it well around the sides and bottom. This will help keep the water hot, reducing the amount of energy it takes to maintain the desired water temperature.

Save over $145 a year with a low-flow shower head

In addition to conserving water, a low-flow (2.5-gallon-per-minute) showerhead can save you up to $145* each year in water heating costs.

* Source: energystar.gov

Save up to $35 a month by fixing leaking faucets

Leaky faucets waste water, energy and money. Hot water leaking at a rate of one drip per second can waste up to 1,661 gallons of water over the course of a year, and can add $35* to your power bill due to extra water heating expenses. Fixing drips is a cost-effective and easy way to save electricity and money. To further reduce your water consumption, consider installing low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators.

* Source: energystar.gov

Set your water heater temperature to 120° F

Save money and energy by lowering your water heater thermostat. A setting of 120° F is fine for most homes.

Upgrade to an energy-efficient water heater

If your water heater is more than eight years old, chances are it is wasting energy. Today’s water heaters are much more efficient, saving you energy and money.

Use solar energy to help heat your pool or hot tub

In some climates, a solar heating system can save you energy and money by supplementing your pool and/or hot tub’s electric water heater. Consult a qualified pool maintenance company to find out if solar heating is a good option for you.

Wrap your water heater

If your water heater is electric and in an unconditioned space, insulate the water tank and pipes. This will reduce the amount of heat lost from the water stored in the tank. Read the installation instructions/warranty to make sure this doesn’t void the warranty.