DIY Green Energy For Homes

Reduce Energy Bills From Heating Water

In most homes, a great deal of energy can go into heating water for the household. While the majority of homes run on gas, followed by electricity to heat water, and then propane, a common desire in all homes is to reduce energy bills as much as possible.

One way this can be done is to examine and consider alternative, lower cost or lower usage ways to heat water.

No matter what method you use to heat water in your home, there are ways to achieve higher efficiency and lower energy bill costs. Here are just a few:

Purchasing a Water Heater

If you are purchasing and installing a new water heater in your home, select an energy-efficient model. Start-up costs may be a lot higher, however, over the long run, you will increase your savings due to lower operating costs.

Water heaters models such as tankless or instantaneous, use energy only when hot water is needed. Standard tanks heat and maintain 40 or mor gallons of water continuously. The tankless or instantaneous water heaters will reduce the amount of your energy bills due to periodic usage of energy.

Be sure to purchase the right size water heater for your family. Consider your number of family members and where, where, and how much hot water your family will use. Buying a tank larger than your family’s needs will result in a waste of dollars on your energy bills. However, buying a tank too small will frustrate your family in running out of hot water and having to wait for it to heat up.

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Consider either purchasing a gas water heater over electric. If you have an electric water heater, consider replacing it with natural gas. However, an even more energy efficient purchase would be of a solar hot water heating system. Natural gas is much less expensive than electricity for heating water. It also heats water much faster. 

A diy solar hot water heating system will reduce your energy bills by reducing the amount of electricity used for heating water. When selecting this option, be sure to install a valve to allow you to select either solar hot water system or your traditional water heater. On days where the sun is not available, you will be able to switch to your traditional water heater so that your flow of hot water will not be interrupted.

Also look out for sealed combustion or on-demand water heaters that use less energy.

Settings and Maintenance

Keep your water temperature at 120°F.

Be sure that your hot water faucets do not drip water. This would be money going right down the drain. Dripping water can add up to gallons over a week’s time. Immediately repair any dripping faucets right away.

Mineral deposits and build-up reduces the heating efficiency of your water heater and increases energy costs. By annually draining a bucket of water from the bottom of your water heater, you can reduce these deposits and build-ups.

Water saving device such as low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators will reduce the amount your hot water usage in your home.

These are just a few options to look into in order to save on your energy bill. In just following these tips alone, you should be able to observe significant savings over a year’s time.

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