Improving your water heater efficiency can translate into big savings on your utility bill. It is estimated that
up to 25% of the energy consumed in your home is spent on heating water. With the average
life expectancy of a water heater being 13 years, doing what you can to maximize your appliance's efficiency could significantly benefit your pocketbook.
Use low-flow shower heads. Based on one 10-minute shower per day, a low-flow or water-saving shower head can save you up to 10,000 gallons of water a year and reduce your energy cost of heating the water also by as much as 50%.
Drain your water heater regularly. Doing so will flush out minerals which accumulate at the bottom of the unit, causing inefficiencies.
Consider an upgrade. A new ENERGY STAR qualified water heater can save you 7 to 10% if your unit is more than 10 years old.
Install a timer. If you have an electric water heater, install a timer that turns it off at night when you don't use hot water. Doing so can save you 5% to 12% of energy.
Insulate your water pipes. This slows down the loss of heat through the pipes.
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