The availability of hot water on demand is a modern luxury. All of us take it for granted. With just a turn of the faucet, hot water is at our fingertips and makes showering a bearable experience. But hot water can be expensive. A hot water heater uses either electricity or gas to heat regular tap water, which adds an extra layer of expense to the price of tap water. If you have a big family, or even if you live alone, the cost of hot water can add up over time. With energy prices nearly always on the rise, it’s a good idea to learn to save on the cost of heating water. You can do this by learning to include these money saving hot water heater tips.
Tune your Water Heater for Conservation
Water heaters are not single state machines. They can be adjusted to suit your heating and water usage preferences. But you can also adjust them to be as efficient as possible.
To save water and the energy it takes to heat it, follow these simple tips.
Turn down the thermostat
Seems simple enough; but before you mess with your water heater, read the owner’s manual and follow all the safety recommendations. If you are not comfortable adjusting your own water heater, a certified plumber can help.
Reducing your water heater temperature 10 degrees can save you up to 5 percent on your energy bill. Many modern water heaters are sold with a preset temperature of around 140 degrees. This temperature is quite hot, and it significantly increases the risk of scalding. The Energy Department recommends lowering your tank’s temperature to 120 degrees. And you can go even lower if you like.
Due to the design of many modern water heaters, sediments from the tap water can accumulate at the bottom of the tank. These sediments can impede the efficient transfer of heat to the water. Water heater sediment draining and removal is best done by a professional plumber.
Insulating Exposed Piping
The copper pipe used in modern plumbing is great at resisting corrosion and the buildup of bacteria, but it also allows a lot of heat to escape. No matter what type of piping you use, wrapping the pipe in an insulating material can go a long way to conserving the heat of the water. If you can keep the water hot enough as it travels through the pipes, there is no need to keep the thermostat as high.
Reno Water Heater Repair and Service with Johnson Plumbing
If your hot water heater needs repair or service, of if you need help trying to make your hot water heater as efficient as possible, Johnson Plumbing of Reno can help! Johnson Plumbing is proud to serve the Reno, Sparks, Carson and surrounding Northern Nevada areas with professional and diligent Reno plumbing service. Our attention to detail and dedication to safety codes and standards means less worry and headache for you. At Johnson’s Plumbing of Northern Nevada, we take pride in our work and make sure it’s done right the first time. Contact us to get quality plumbing services today!