A lot of energy is wasted every day on water heating, and it is important to look for ways of making the water heater energy efficient. When there is no hot water the house becomes unbearable. Saving the energy wasted on water heating can go a long way in reducing the overall water bills.
You will be surprised how the small changes that you can make can go a long way in saving you a lot of money. All you have to do is master some of the tricks that can go a long way in making the water heater energy efficient.
Tricks of saving on water heating
Set the thermostat at lower temperatures
Many people tend to set the thermostat at very high temperatures for no good reason. For instance, no one needs to use hot water at 120 degrees. This is a very high temperature for home use and you will need to cool the water every time you need to use it.
Always set the water temperature at a reasonable temperature to avoid cooling it back to normal. Water for normal house chores like cleaning and bathing can be used at 70 degrees. This will save the energy used to heat water to high temperatures.
Insulate the storage tank
Insulating the storage tank is a good way to make sure that the water remains hot of a long period. When doing the insulation avoid covering the thermostat. You can use a material of your choice during insulation.
The main objective is to ensure that the tank does not lose heat through the surface. Insulating the storage tank is a good way to ensure that you don’t have to keep re-heating the water every time you want to use it. This is a good way to save the energy used in re-heating the water.
Regular clean and maintain your heater
Regular cleaning and maintaining the hot water is a very good of encouraging the efficiency. A faulty water heater will always be less efficient compared to one that is functioning in the right manner. With regular maintenance, you will be able to know if the thermostat is working properly and if your water heater is using energy efficiently.
Cleaning is also a way to ensure that dirt does not clog in the system or the pipes of the water heater. When the water heater is clogged with dirt, it becomes difficult to heat water. This leads to high energy consumption making the heating process less efficient and thus high energy bills.