There are many different ways to lower hot water heaters energy usage, ranging from keeping the heater itself off to installing an on demand heating system.
Providing Low Flow Hot Water
Shorter showers and lower water pressure can save you money in the long run.
Shorter showers by installing a low flow shower head and taking shorter showers in the morning or at night can reduce your heater usage by up to 20%, and reduce your energy usage for your hot water heater by up to 10%.
Although not the most aesthetically pleasing task, setting your shower control valve can reduce the amount of time you spend standing down in the shower. You can also reduce water flow when you clean yourself by installing a low flow fixture in your sink or tub.
Install a low flow toilet can reduce water usage by up to 25%, and depending on your rate of consumption, the savings can be even greater.
How To Check Your Water Heater For Leaks
If you are worried about trying to keep your hot water heater leak free, you can call a plumber to come out and use a pressure testing mechanism to see if there is a leak in your system.
Tips for Saving Money on Your Water Heater: Your Water Heater Could Be Efficient Oranythingarrgh!
If your water heater is over ten years old, now might be a good time to consider a new system.
The new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency models are available for furnaces that are certified for harvesting wood pellets, even if your home uses gas or oil for heating.
You can help put money back into your pocket by installing a temperature switch on your hot water heater, and you can even receive credits for making your system more efficient. The system needs to be certified by EPA.
There is a push to install demand hot water systems because of the money they can save you, but how are they operated and how can you save on your energy usage?
A demand system will need a source of energy to push the water to the desired temperature. Some systems use electric heaters or gas and others use something a little more solar like a solar hot water system or a heat pump.
Each system has it advantages and disadvantages over the others. Installing a system usually requires installing a new pump, which is expensive and requires a lot of maintenance.
A cooler newer system can cost upwards of $2000 per unit.
A newer system can cost between $1000 and $5000 per unit.
Water Heater Systems
It is possible to save money on your energy usage and on your installed cost by looking into a new energy ratings system. Most of the hot water heaters available to consumers in the U.S. will have a jump slow temperature step to 200F or more. This is the typical range to which your system should be rated. Your local water heater service technician can help you choose which system would be best for you, as well as the correct temperature for your needs.
Picking The Right System
Electric Electric heaters are better at heating water faster than a gas heater. The savings on energy usage is also great with an electric heater because it doesn’t require a constantly burning gas supply, and wastes much less energy.
The only downside to an electric heater for compared to a gas heater is that it needs to be constantly cranked up in order to give a lot of instant heat.
Natural Gas Heater
Natural gas heaters provide instant heat through fuel combustion. This is the most efficient, and also the most cost effective way to heat water for a home.
This method is great during the cold months, but not so great in the summer, where you can end up spending a lot of money on your electric bill because of all the gas you are firing up. You will also want to make sure your gas fired heater is installed outside to avoid having to determine the temperature in a cold room.
Overall, you would want to install a system that is certified for harvesting wood pellets, or some other form of renewable fuel. These systems also need to be installed outside so that the exhaust correctly vented.
Many homes in the south use a combination of electrical and gas heat. During the cold months, you can easily heat your water with a solar heater. The temperatures don’t often reach this high, but when they do they are great. You can easily convert your regular heater with an electric version, or one powered by gas, and you can even convert that to a gas one as well.
When using gas combined with an electric heater for heating, there are a lot of advantages. Both the electric and gas heater are powered by the sun, which means that they are both using natural energy.