Gas water heaters are in about 60 million homes, and electric waters heaters are in around 45 million. That amounts to a lot of money spent each year on hot water costs. At Speedy Water Heaters, we want to help you save money.
There are many things you can do. Some of the bigger money saving options include converting over to solar powered water heaters or you can install an “on demand” water heater for upwards of 30% in efficiency savings.
Beyond these huge changes, you can also find savings by simply trimming cost in several ways. Here are 5 ideas to save on hot water heater consumption costs.
1. Swap out your shower head.
Fill a bucket in your shower. If it takes less than 20 seconds to reach 1 gallon, install a low-flow shower head. You'll save both heat and water. These are very inexpensive and can save you a lot of money over time. You can find them at any Lowes or Home Depot.
2. Save money while you sleep.
Since you aren’t always awake or at home, install a timer on your electric water heater that turns it off while you're asleep or keeps it off during peak hours -- especially if you sign up for time-of-use pricing.
3. Change washing machine settings.
Do you always wash your clothes in “hot”? Consider washing your clothes with cold or warm settings, rather than hot. This will save you money and even make your clothes last longer, with less fading and shrinking. Cold water works fine, and cold-water detergents help.
4. Fix leaky faucets.
One drop per second adds up to a dollar a month on the heating bill. Faucet kits, cartridges and washers are simple to install.
5. Take showers instead of baths.
A 5 minute shower with a slow flow shower head only uses 10 gallons of hot water. That’s half as much as a bath.
The Baltimore area is experiencing record low temps and the threat of more than a foot of snow. You want hot water. And you want your home safe.
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of being in a hurry to get to work, stepping in your shower, and getting the chilling reminder that there is a water heater somewhere in your house, but it’s not working. There are a lot of things that could be going wrong. And there are a lot of variables to consider to achieve a consistent water temp through the winter months. And adjusting the thermostat may be the simplest solution.
Colder and Older isn’t Always a Good Combo
Colder water in your home starts with colder water in the ground outside. The water coming into your home needs more heat than usual to get to the temps you’re used to. So guess what? Yep, your water heater has to work harder than usual to get usual results. Newer water heaters usually keep up but older water heaters are like older human bodies. They ain’t as good as they once was.
A Tiny Tweak May Be All You Need
You may have heard that a good temp setting for your water heater should be around 110 degrees to prevent scalding and save on energy costs. However, in the winter months 110 may not be sufficient to keep the water hot. A tiny tweak of just 5 or 10 degrees may do the trick!
Adjusting the temp on a gas water heater is easy, it's just a knob. But an electric water heater means playing around with 240 volts of electricity. Hot water isn't worth dying for! Call us and let us help.
The best way to check the temperature is to use a thermometer under the flowing water of your faucet -- the faucet in your home that is farthest away from the water heater, and the one that’s closest to your water heater and find the best temp in between. Adjust the thermostat until the temp is right and safe for your home.
It may not simply be the cold weather that’s making water temps lower. So instead of adjusting thermostat, you may want to inspect the appliance to see if there is any buildup of sediment. You can also get a jacket for your water heater to keep temps consistent, and you may want to insulate the pipes.
If you can’t be bothered with any of that because you’re too busy or other things are more pressing, why not call the experts at Speedy Water Heaters? With Speedy, you’ll never overpay, so call today!
Brian Spurin is owner of Speedy Water Heaters and knows a thing or two about your water heater and he doesn't mind sharing important info with you!