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Energy Efficient Water Heating

Water heating is the second largest expense in your home, accounting for about 18% of your energy use. The average family spends between $400-600 on water heating each year. So employing energy-saving strategies and choosing an energy efficient water heater can really help save you money on water heating costs.

Water heating is the second-largest expense in your home, accounting for about 18% of your energy use. The average family spends between $400 and $600 on water heating each year. So employing energy-saving strategies and choosing an energy-efficient water heater can really help save you money on water heating costs.
 
Water heaters have a life expectancy of between 10 and 20 years, most averaging 10 to 15 years. Periodic maintenance can extend the life of your water heater and even minimize efficiency loss. To make sure you have enough hot water when you want to use it, just calculate your household’s peak hour hot water demand and use that to determine what water heater size to get.

To learn how to calculate peak hour hot water demand, you can visit sites such as: https://energy.gov/energysaver/reduce-hot-water-use-energy-savings

Tips

For Lowering Your Heating Bills

The simplest thing to do, use less hot water!

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The simplest thing to do: Use less hot water!

Install low-flow showerheads and faucets

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Install low-flow showerheads and faucets.

Buy the most energy efficient model available

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Buy the most energy-efficient model available, and consider installing a solar water heater.

Wash your clothes in cold water to save energy

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Wash your clothes in cold water, they’ll come out just as clean.

Turn down the thermostat on your water heater

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Turn down the thermostat on your water heater and set it to 120°F. 

Fix any leaks as even one drip per second can cost up to $1 a month

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Fix any leaks; even one drip per second can cost up to $1 a month.

When replacing exhaust fans, consider installing high-efficiency, low-noise models

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When replacing exhaust fans, consider installing high-efficiency, low-noise models.

Insulate your water heater tank and pipes for improved energy efficiency

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Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for ways to insulate your water heater tank and pipes.

Select an ENERGY STAR®–certified water heater and products to ensure energy efficiency and help reduce water and heating costs. Visit your local energy provider website to see which energy-efficient appliances and products are best for your home.

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