hot water consumption

If you own a conventional storage tank type hot water heater, you might have already learned the hard way that this equipment is one of the largest energy consumers in your home, which accounts for up to 14% to 18% of your total energy costs.

This is due to the process called “standby heat loss” associated with traditional hot water heaters. As the hot water sits in the storage tank, it starts to cool down in a natural process called standby heat loss. As a result, the heating source kicks in again and warms up the water in a constantly repeating cycle that consumes energy. Here are 5 easy ways to make your traditional hot water heater more energy efficient:

  1. Turn down the temperature on your thermostat. The fact is that you don’t really need your water heated up at 140 degrees to satisfy your needs. The general recommendation for energy efficiency is 120 degrees, which will bring you savings of 6% to 10% on your energy bill. You will not only cut down on your costs, but you will also reduce the risk of scalding that comes with high temperature settings.
  2. Minimize hot water consumption. Unfortunately, you cannot change the way traditional hot water heaters were made to function, unless you decide to totally replace it with a tankless water heater. Therefore, you can only seek ways to optimize its efficiency and reducing the quantity of hot water that you and your family use is a great way to reach your goals. Instead of changing your lifestyle completely, you can use as little as half the amount you normally do by simply adding low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators.
  3. Exposed hot water pipes? Insulate them! The reality is that exposed hot water pipes cause your hot water to arrive 2 to 4 degrees cooler at the faucet. Insulate those pipes and you will not need to wait as much for the water to heat up. This is really a small investment and an easy DIY job that will save you water, money, and energy.
  4. Use other appliances efficiently. Other appliances in your home, like your clothes and dish washers, all use hot water.  By simply making some setting adjustments like using the cold water settings, you could potentially save yourself plenty of hot water.
  5. Install low-flow shower heads. Did you know that up to 25% of your home’s water is lost through showering? You can reduce this by almost 70% by simply installing a low-flow shower head. This will in turn reduce your hot water demand requirements, not to mention reduce your water bills.

Is your hot water heater not performing as well as you’d like it to? The service technicians at Reliance Home Comfort can help. Whether you are looking to repair or replace your existing hot water heater, Reliance has the solution you’re looking for.