8 Hot Water Heater Tips

Posted by on Aug 19, 2019 in Water Heater Repair Santa Rosa CA | 0 comments

We have put together a list of eight ways to save money on operating the water heater in ones home and with conserving hot water.  With a proper maintenance performed on a regular basis, and some easy to do water conservation practices, homeowners can save money on water and energy expenses.

  1.  Lowering the water temperature on the water heater thermostat. The preset that most water heaters are set at is higher than what it needs to be. Having it set around 120 degree usually is a good setting for most homeowners.

2.  Insulate the water storage tank of the hot water heater.  If the water heater installed in your home is an older model, this is a good way to loose less heat in the colder months of the year.  Newcomb and Company has steps on how to add the insulation here.

3. It’s a good idea to periodically drain the water in the water storage tank.  Sediment naturally forms within the water storage tank due to the chemical reaction process that takes place within.  As the sediment deposits build up, it will help lower the efficiency of the water heater.  A yearly task of draining some of the water from the storage tank will eliminate this sediment and increase efficiency once again.  We have tips on this here.  There is a nice video on it here too.

4. Using a timer on the water heater is one way of saving money on energy when the water heater will not be used, like in the evening.  It’s easy enough for homeowners to install a water heater timer themselves. Here is a nice guide on different types: www.hot-water-heaters-reviews.com/electric-water-heater-timer.html

5.  Use more cold water in the home.  From washing clothes in the washing machine to taking showers, there are benefits to use cold water instead of hot water.  Here is an article that describes what they are.

6. Inspect of leaky water faucets in the home, especially from hot water faucets.  According to WaterSmart, “Water leaks that cause damage may be more insidious than is initially obvious. A water line crack as small as 1/8 of an inch can leak as much as 250 gallons of water daily, and a leaky toilet flapper looses around 200 gallons each day. Even a faucet leaking as little as one drip per second can waste up to 3,000 gallons of water each year.”

7.  Replacing older appliances with those that are more energy efficient is a big help too!

8.  Adding insulation wraps to the hot water heater pipes leaving the water storage tank is important too.  This video show the process of installing them.  Don’t worry, it is super easy to do.

Here is an awesome infograpic from the US Department of Energy too:


Please let us know of any questions you may have on the care and maintenance of your water heating equipment!