Eco-Friendly Home: The Water Heater

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There are plenty of ways you can make your house friendlier to the environment. You can choose environmentally friendly furniture and materials when remodeling the house. You can also take active steps towards reducing your carbon footprint and lowering your average energy consumption. The latter is easier than you think, especially since there are many resources, tips, and tricks that will help you get started.

In this article, however, we’re going to focus on one particular part of the house: the water heater. Can we really enjoy the comfort and convenience of having hot water around the house without consuming too much energy? Let’s find out, shall we?

Buying a New Water Heater

If you’re thinking about buying a new water heater for the house or you want to replace the existing one with a better model, there are a few things to look into. First, you need to choose the fuel type, availability, and cost. While most household models are designed to run on electricity, there are centralized water heaters that use other types of fuels.

Make sure you also check the device’s energy efficiency rating. Energy Star rating is a good place to start since this rating system is the easiest to read. It rates appliances on a scale of 1 to 100, 100 being the most energy efficient.

Modern water heaters have sophisticated systems that will keep them running optimally, especially electric and computerized models. They may cost slightly higher than conventional models, but the amount you save on electricity will more than make up for the difference in investment.

Good Plumbing Is Key

Next, make sure your house has the plumbing to handle hot or warm water. Not all plumbing can handle hot water, in which case you need to limit the temperature of the water coming out of the heater to avoid leaks and bursts.

Check for leaks around key areas too. Small leaks are more than enough to bump the costs of using a water heater up by 10%, which isn’t something you want. You can further save on your energy bills by leaving the pipes going to the laundry room or dishwasher unchanged, meaning they will only serve cold water.

Lower the Temperature

For every 10°F you reduce, you’re saving around 5% on electricity. Yes, it is really that significant. Most users set their water heater to maximum, hoping to get really hot water when taking a shower. They also tend to mix that hot water with more cold water, creating an inefficient equation altogether. Instead of taking this approach, set the water heater to around medium or warm level. This way, you’re using the water heater more efficiently.

Of course, there are other ways you can save while enjoying running hot water. You can even compare energy providers and look into Direct Energy rates to find a better, more efficient plan for your house.

All of these steps are worth taking since they will help reduce your energy bills by as much as 50% every month.

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