Your water heater works all year long to provide hot water for dishwashing,
laundry, and bathing. Efficient hot water usage offers many benefits,
from greater comfort and convenience to lower utility costs every month.
Whether your water heater is brand new or several years old, there are
many ways you can help to reduce its workload during the summer to prolong
the appliance’s lifetime and reduce your home energy and water usage.
Turn Down the Temperature
Regardless of the season, setting your water heater’s temperature
to 120 degrees Fahrenheit will provide water hot enough for all your needs
while reducing the overall cost of producing hot water. Keeping your water
heater at this setting will also help to prevent accidental scalds and
burns, particularly if you have children in your home. If your water heater
is located outdoors, such as in an exterior closet or garage, consider
turning the temperature down a little further. The ambient heat of the
summertime air will reduce heat loss through the walls of the tank, keeping
your water hotter without the need to consume additional fuel or electricity.
If you’re leaving on a summertime vacation that will last more than
a few days, set your water heater to “vacation” mode (or its
lowest temperature setting) to enjoy additional savings while you’re gone.
Replace Your Fixtures
Replacing your home’s fixtures with eco-friendly low-flow options
is a great way to save water and reduce the energy cost of water heating
this summer. New fixtures are also a wonderful and easy home upgrade that
will transform the look and comfort of your home.
Low-flow fixtures use less water overall, which lowers the amount of water wasted while
waiting for hot water to reach your tap. Because you’ll use less
water overall for tasks such as washing dishes or bathing, you’ll
also see energy and water savings throughout the summer and all year long.
Wash Clothes in Cold Water
The majority of the energy consumed by your washing machine is actually
the energy that goes into heating the water before washing. Washing more
loads in cold water will thus improve the energy efficiency of your washing
machine and reduce the load on your water heater by bypassing this appliance
altogether on laundry day. If you have laundry that requires hot water,
change the temperature setting to wash with hot or warm water and rinse
with cold to save energy on these loads.
Insulate Your Pipes
Your water heater is fed by a cold water pipe, which brings water into
the appliance for heating; water heaters also have an outgoing hot water
pipe that carries heated water to your home’s fixtures and appliances.
Insulating the first six feet of your hot and cold water pipes can reduce
temperature changes in both incoming and outgoing water, making your water
heater more efficient. You may find that insulating these pipes allows
you to reduce the temperature setting on you water heater, as the insulation
ensures that hot water stays hotter when leaving the appliance for its
destination inside your home.
In addition to these tips and tricks, your plumber can help you maintain
your water heater for efficient function this summer and throughout the
year. Take a look through
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