The invention of the water heater is perhaps one of the best things that ever happened to mankind in general, particularly for those who live in the colder parts of the world. Thanks to the water heater, we get to enjoy warm and relaxing showers whenever we want.
If there’s a downside to water heaters, it’s the amount of energy it consumes to heat the water that comes out of our taps and showerheads. Water heaters make up a significant part of your entire household’s energy consumption. Fortunately, there are ways of reducing the energy consumption of your water heater. Here are some tips that will help you do just that.
Savings begin when you purchase your water heater
This tip is for people who are buying a water heater for the first time or are planning to replace their existing one. When shopping for a water heater, always do some research and find out which brand or make is the most efficient. Go online or ask friends, family and colleagues about their own water heaters at home. With enough research and recommendations, you will be able to draw a shortlist of water heater brands with the best energy consuming characteristics.
Turn water heater on only during showers
If you keep your water heater operational 24/7, don’t be surprised if you receive a rather huge home energy bill at the end of the month. To avoid that, try to turn the heater on only around the time your family takes showers. Do this in the early morning to heat the water for showering and turn it off when everyone has finished showering. You should also do the same thing early in the evening, then turn it off for the entire night.
Turn the thermostat down
You save a lot on your energy bills by simply turning the thermostat down. The ideal setting for storage water heaters is 60 degrees, while instantaneous water heaters have to be kept at 50 degrees. If you keep your thermostat above those settings, you run the risk of scalding and your pocket will get burned as well. In fact, get everyone in your household to get used to slightly warmed water, not boiling hot water that took a lot of time and energy to produce only to have it diluted for being too hot.
Take shorter showers
Hot showers are can be quite relaxing, and we often are tempted to stay longer than usual under the showerhead. Longer showers, however, mean more than just higher water consumption. It also means your water heater will be working overtime to keep coming up with hot water, and that translates to higher energy bills. If everyone in the family agrees to cut their shower time—and consumption of hot water—in half, you will be able get bigger savings on your energy bills.
Hot showers need not cost you a fortune. Just follow these simple tips, and see your energy bills reduced over time even as you enjoy all the hot water your water heater can provide.