How to Reduce Your Water Heating Bill this Winter
Water heating accounts for a good portion of residential energy consumption, especially during the cooler months of the year. Here are some tips to help you reduce your water heating bills this winter.
Lower the Thermostat
Lowering your water temperature is the easiest way to help reduce your water heating bills during the winter, and all year long. Even though some thermostats can be set as high as 140 degrees, the U.S. Department of Energy recommends that homeowners keep the thermostats n their water heaters set no higher than 120 degrees.
In addition to helping reduce your energy costs, lowering your water heater’s thermostat can also help you avoid scalds, which can be particularly dangerous to small children and elderly adults.
Reduce Shower Times
Rhode Island winters can be brutally cold, and when the mercury plunges it may be tempting to take longer hot showers. Just remember, you’re paying for all that hot water. According to an article on the AM Conservation Group, Inc. website, the average amount of time Americans spend in the shower is eight minutes, during which they use 20 gallons of water.
Limiting shower times to five minutes can reduce your water and energy consumption by nearly half.
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Use Insulation to Reduce Water Heating Bills
Insulating your hot water tank and water supply pipes is another effective way to reduce hot water bills, especially if the unit is located in your basement, garage of other area that isn’t well heated.
Water supply lines can be wrapped with mineral wool or glass wool insulation, or with flexible foam insulation to help retain heat. The water heater can also be insulated using a specially designed thermal blanket to help keep the water hot. If you choose to install a water heater blanket, be sure to read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions to keep from accidentally covering up the burner or thermostat.
Consider Replacing Your Water Heater
Over time, water heaters tend to become less effective and efficient due to sediment build up, corrosion and heat stress. If your unit is over 10 years old and you’ve noticed a decrease in its performance, it might be time for a water heater replacement. When replacing your water heater, be sure to purchase an Energy Star-certified unit to help reduce your hot water bills. Click here to learn more about Energy Star-certified water heaters.
Call Evergreen Plumbing and Heating at 401-921-1971 to learn more about our water heater replacement services in Rhode Island.