The water heater is probably one of the best inventions of all time, especially for people who live in areas where heat is minimal or non-existent. The water heater makes lives easier for a lot of people living in cold areas because they get to enjoy warm showers anytime of the day.
But the downside to having water heaters is that it consumes a lot of energy every time it heats water. The hot water that comes out of your taps and showers comes with an additional figure on your water bill every time you use the water heater.
Thankfully, there are ways for you to save/reduce your energy consumption. Here’s how to save energy with your water heater:
Use your water heater only when you shower
As much as you can, use your water heater only when you shower. There’s no need to run hot water on your tap, unless you want to make a cup of hot coffee using tap water only. There’s also no need to use your heater 24/7 because if you do, you’ll end up with a very expensive water bill by the end of the month. Use your water heaters at the early hours of the morning and then early hours in the evening and then turn it off for the rest of day in between and the rest of the night.
Turn down the thermostat
You don’t need to set the thermostat very high to enjoy your water heater. In fact, anything above 60 degrees can cause third-degree burns. The ideal temperature for a relaxing shower is around 50 degrees. It takes a lot of energy to boil water, so the lower the temperature, the less energy is used to heat it.
Save by buying the right water heater
You can already start having savings the moment you buy your water heater, whether you’re buying your first water heater or replacing your old one. Whenever you’re out shopping, try to do some research on what water heater is perfect for your needs. Ask your friends and family and make a list of their suggestions. After making a list, do a search on the Internet for the models or units that your family and friends suggested and pick out the best one.
Shorter showers mean lower water bills
That’s right. Apart from using less energy for your warm shower, taking short showers can also increase your savings. The longer you use your water heater, the more energy they use, regardless of whether you set it at a high or low temperature.
It doesn’t take much to save energy with your water heater. How much you can save from using your water heater is entirely up to you.