Save Money and Energy with Your Electric Water Heater

September 25, 2020

The needed hot water supply of home properties is easily processed and produced by water heaters, making them popular among homeowners. After all, this specific hot water supply is intended to help families in terms of cooking, taking a bath, doing laundry, and even space heating.

One type of water heater that is common in most home properties is run by electricity. Electric water heaters are typically utilised since a huge percentage of households around the world rely heavily on electricity. While it can also be convenient to install an electric water heater on any home property, its high utility costs and energy consumption in the long run often discourage homeowners from buying it.

Fortunately, there are some ways on how to save money and energy with an electric water heater. 

Turn Down Thermostat

If the temperature of your thermostat is currently set at above 50 degrees Celsius, then you must turn it down a little bit. Believe it or not, turning down the temperatures of your electric water heater can still grant you your needed hot water supply while saving some money and energy. For every 10-degree reduction that you will do, it can already provide you around 3 to 5 percent of savings on your electric bill.

Consume Less Hot Water

The idea of having a constant supply of hot water does not necessarily mean that you can just consume it anytime you want. Just like any resource in your home, you must still use your hot water wisely. Aside from moderating your hot water consumption, you can install some fixtures that can help you save hot water. Installing low-flow showerheads, faucet aerators, heat traps, or even a timer on your water heater can help you decrease hot water consumption by as much as 60%. Setting appliances that rely heavily on hot water to their respective economy modes can likewise reduce hot water consumption.

Drain Tank Sediment

Electric water heaters with tanks are typically maximised by homes with a lot of people. They utilise this type of water heaters since their tanks can hold a huge volume of water for later use. While tanks can really bring convenience to households, the repetitive storage of hot water can cause accumulation of sediment on their bottom part. This accumulation will then affect the overall efficiency of the electric water heaters.

As a solution, you must drain the tank quarterly. When draining the tank, you must turn off the water and the power supply to the tank. Then, connect a water hose to the spigot at the base of the tank and point it to the nearby drain. Once pointed, you must lift the pressure-relief valve and turn on the spigot so that the water from the hose will flow down the drain and remove any sediment.

Insulate Water Heater Parts

Another way to save money and energy with your water heater is to insulate it and some of the connected parts. The water pipes that are connected to your electric water heater must be insulated so that they can transfer water to the taps without losing its hot or warm temperatures. As for your water heater itself, you must also insulate it by wrapping the system with an insulated blanket. Insulating the pipes and the water heater can significantly cut heat loss by around 25 to 45% and save more than 4% on the electric bill.

For more helpful tips on saving money and energy with your electric water heater, feel free to contact us at Bexley Hot Water Repairs.

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