Can you save money by adjusting settings on your water heater, or replacing it? Everyone is looking to save money on what they can, but most people don’t realize that they can reduce their monthly heating bill by making some changes to their water heater usage.
Newer water heaters are generally more efficient, and therefore they won’t require as much fuel to keep your water warm. However, even if you already have a modern water heater, there are additional tactics you can employ to save more money on your heating bill.
Turn The Temperature Down
It’s recommended that you keep your water heater at 120 degrees Fahrenheit, however, most water heaters are set to a higher temperature than that. You can turn your water heater down to the minimum 120 degrees. The temperature of your water will decrease, which will result in a lower heating bill.
Flush Your Water Heater
Water heaters need to be maintained, and flushing your water heater at least once every few years is an important part of maintaining your water heater and ensuring that it continues to run efficiently. If too much sediment builds up, your water heater will have to work harder to heat up your water, and therefore use more fuel. If you’ve never flushed your own water heater before, check out our guide on how to flush your water heater here.
Reduce Your Water Heater Usage With Devices
Using devices such as low flow shower heads and faucet aerators can reduce your water usage without you having to put any conscious effort into it. Certain appliances also have water saver devices that you can attach. You can find a comprehensive guide on water saving devices here.
Add Insulation To The Pipes
If your water heater is located in a drafty area and your water heater pipes are insulated, consider getting them insulated. Or, consider getting a water heater blanket to keep your water heater warm.
If your water heater needs maintenance or needs to be replaced, contact us at Hope Plumbing. We are full-service plumbing experts serving Post Falls, Spokane, and Coeur d’Alene.