2 Ways To Make Your Water Heater More Energy Efficient

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Cutting costs by reducing energy consumption is a priority for many homeowners. If you are looking for a way to reduce the amount of energy your family uses each day, you might want to take a look at your water heater. The typical water heater operates at a 59% efficiency rate. This means that 41% of the energy used by your water heater goes to waste.

Here are two things you can do to help make your water heater more energy efficient in the future.

1. Make sure your tank is the correct size for your family.

One mistake homeowners make is investing in a water heater that is too large for their family. When your water heater's tank is too big, you end up paying more to keep water that you are not using warm. To calculate the needs of your family, multiply the number of individuals in your household (plus one as a precaution) by 12.

This is the number of gallons of water your family will use in a day, so you should invest in a water heater whose first hour rating is consistent with your water needs. This will prevent you from wasting energy by powering a hot water heater that is too large for your family.

2. Consider switching from an electric water heater to a gas-powered water heater.

The fuel source used to power your water heater could be affecting its efficiency. If you want to reduce your energy costs, and reduce the amount of energy your family consumes each day, you might want to make the switch to a gas-powered water heater. Gas is a more energy-friendly option than electricity, because gas doesn't need to be converted into electricity and then transported to your home.

A lot of electricity is lost in transit, so switching to a gas-powered water heater can help you reduce energy loss. Statistics show that 60% of the water heaters in American homes are already powered by gas, so finding a plumber willing to switch out your electric unit shouldn't be too difficult.

Taking the time to learn how you can reduce your family's energy consumption can be beneficial. Careful examination of your water heater is a great place to begin your energy audit. By opting for a tank that is the right size and switching to a gas-powered unit, you will be doing your part to help limit negative environmental impact, and you will also be reducing your own energy costs each month. For more information, contact a company like Chambliss Plumbing Company.

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