It's estimated that as much as 18% of a home's energy usage is generated from the process of heating water. If you aren't engaging in energy efficient practices when it comes to heating your home's water, you could easily see your energy bill soar. If you want to keep your energy cost lower, it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with some of the ways you can make your home's water heating process more efficient through heating maintenance.

Insulate

Insulating a hot water heater offers the same benefit as insulating a home - it keeps the heat in. If the heater is located in a non-climate controlled space like an unfinished garage, the lower area temperature can actually lower the temperature of the water inside the tank, causing it to have to reheat the water more often.

If your tank is located in a temperature regulated space, you might be able to get by without doing this step. A quick visit to your local home improvement store can help you find an insulating cover suited for your model.

Lower The Temperature

In some cases, you might have your water heater set to an unnecessarily high setting. If your hot water is so hot that you often have a fear of getting burned, your tank temperature is set too high and you're basically wasting money. 

Experts recommend setting your tank around 120 degrees Fahrenheit. However, many heaters come with a preset temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Every ten degree drop in temperature can save you about $30 a year. While this might not seem like a lot, over the life of the tank, this amount can quickly add up. 

Upgrade

Just like all the other major appliances in your home, hot water heaters also have an expiration date. When you continue using a heater past this period, this often leaves you with excessive repair cost and higher energy bills. A new high efficiency water heater uses as much as 50 percent less than a standard model, which can produce a tremendous savings on your bill. 

Unfortunately, there is no preset time at which it's best to replace a unit. Instead, it has a lot to do with how the unit has been used and maintained. A licensed plumber can inspect your unit and if necessary, help you select a new more efficient model.

Don't waste money due to poor water heater practices. Make simple changes to lower your usage and keep more money in your wallet.

To learn more, contact a company like Garabedian Plumbing & Heating Inc

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