Your water heater works around the clock to keep your household water at a certain temperature. You can help take the constant strain off your water heater and save energy with these simple adjustments.

Cover the Water Heater

A water heater cover acts like an insulating blanket. It passively helps your water heater keep the water at the specified temperature despite the outside temperatures in your basement or utility closet.

You can make a water heater cover yourself, or purchase one specifically made for your model water heater at hardware stores.

Lower the Temperature

Lowering the temperature on your water heater makes it easier for your heater to reach the desired level of hot water for your household. Aside from lowering the temperature all the time, there are specific times that you can safely lower it below levels that you would normally want. As long as outside temperatures are not freezing, you can turn the thermostat even lower when:

  • You go away for a weekend or long vacation
  • You go to bed at night
  • You leave for work in the morning.

These are all times when you won't be needing hot water from your taps.

Launder With Cold Water More Often

When you use hot water to launder your clothes, the water heater tank has to refill water and then bring it up to the correct temperature. If you use cold water in your laundry room more often, you reduce the number of times the heater has to reheat gallons of water for the household.

Install a Tankless Water Heater

If your water heater is older, you might just want to replace it with a tankless water heater. Tankless water heaters don't store water at all. Instead, they use a heat processing system that heats water only as your household needs it. Tankless water heaters are available in the same locations where you can buy standard water heaters.

Monitor and Fix Leaks

Many households have hard water that comes from the town or a well. This hard water contains minerals that can build up inside the bottom of your water heater. Over time, the metal from the minerals creates rust, which subsequently leads to the possibility for leaks. When your water heater has to deal with leaking water, that means it has to constantly replenish the water supply and heat the incoming cold water.

Have a plumber do regular inspections of your water heater to check for any leaks. They may be able to fix the leak or replace the heater to save you money in the long run.