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Four Ways to Lower Energy Bills with Your Water Heater

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You rely on your water heater every day to provide the hot water you need to clean your dishes, your clothes, and…well, you.

But heating that water comes at a price: on average, your water heater can account for anywhere from one quarter to one third of energy bill in a given month.

If you want to keep that number as low as possible, here are four ways you can do it.

  1. Cut down on hot water use – Hot water can add up quickly…take a look:
    • Clothes washer – 25 gallons per load
    • Showers and kitchen /bathroom faucets – 2 gallons per minute
    • Dishwasher – 6 gallons per load

    To keep those numbers low, you’ll have to conserve hot water in any way you can. Here are some ideas:

    • Take shorter showers, or shower less frequently
    • Install low-flow faucets and showerheads
    • Use low-water modes on appliances on your dishwasher and clothes washer
    • Repairing leaky faucets quickly
  2. Lower the temperature on your water heater – Many water heaters are set to a default temperature as high as 150 degrees – much higher than you’ll need for a shower or bath. A thermostat setting of 120°F is plenty for most uses, and will cut your bill significantly compared to the higher setting.
  3. If your water heater has a tank, insulate it – Be careful not to cover the thermostat or burner compartment (see your owner’s manual for details). Also consider insulating the first six feet of pipes connected to the water heater, where most of the heat is lost.
  4. Consider a water heater upgrade – Replacing an older water heater with a new high efficiency propane model could pay for itself in just a couple of years – especially if you replace it with a tankless model, which can save you 30 percent or more on your energy bills every month compared to an older, conventional water heater.

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