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Water Heating bill: 7 Ways to Save

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

According to Energy.gov, your water heating bill accounts for 12 percent of your monthly electricity use. That is substantial considering hot water is something that most folks use two to three times a day at most. Aside from going out and buying a new, energy-efficient water heater, there are ways you can reduce your water heating expense. Take advantage of the money-saving tips listed below and reduce your energy costs. Not only is it good for your wallet, but also helps to reduce your carbon footprint, which is good for the environment.

  1. Annual Flushing: Scheduling an annual water heater flush with your plumbing contractor is beneficial to both extend the life of your appliance and maintain its maximum efficiency. Sediment buildup is the main culprit that leads to reduced efficiency and performance as well as premature tank failure.
  2. Adjust the Temperature: During an annual flush, ask your plumbing contractor to adjust the temperature settings to 120 degrees. Energy.gov states that for every 10-degree reduction in temperature, you can lower your water heating costs by 3 to 5 percent.
  3. Install a Timer: Water heater timers have been around for many years and are one of the most efficient ways to control or reduce water heating costs. Once installed, you can set the time of day your water heater activates as well as when it shuts off.
  4. Turn It Off: Many people fail to realize or forget they can simply turn off the water heater by flipping the corresponding circuit breaker in the main circuit breaker box. Do you really need to heat water while away from home for extended periods or on vacation?
  5. Wrap Your Heater: Ask your plumbing contractor about insulating your water heater with an additional water heater blanket. An extra layer of protection will slow down energy loss even further, cutting back on the appliances’ energy use. You should also consider insulating any exterior hot water lines and the first few feet connected to the water heater.
  6. Reduce Bathing Use: A nice, hot bath at the end of a long workday is very relaxing. However, if your goal is to conserve energy and reduce water use, try utilizing shorter showers. Limit your time in the shower to five minutes or less. If you require more time due to shaving, shampooing or lathering up, try turning off the water in between tasks. Ask your plumber to install Low-flow Showerheads that conserve water use, including hot water. Many incorporate a handy button that allows you to shut off the water without changing the temperature settings on the main control.
  7. Use Household Appliances Responsibly: Wash your laundry in cold water whenever possible and always during the rinse cycle. Always wash only full loads in both your washing machine and your dishwasher to reduce energy consumption and reduce your water heating bill.

For answers to your questions, contact The Pink Plumber today.

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Water Heater Care and Maintenance

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Imagine your life without the steady stream of hot water your water heater provides. Life’s daily household chores grind to a halt—and surprise cold showers become all too common. Many homeowners have faced the realities of a failed heater. While water heaters are tireless appliances, they do require regular maintenance and care. When correctly maintained your water heater will run more efficiently, produce cleaner hot water and reach its expected lifespan. Here are a few things you can do to protect one of your home’s most important components—your water heater:

1. Flushing

As the years go by calcium, lime and sediment can build up in the bottom of a heater tank. When this occurs, efficiency decreases. In addition, the sediment can work its way to the rest of your plumbing fixtures. The sediment can then cause blockages and even permanent damage. This is true for both gas and electric heaters. By scheduling an annual flush, you can help maintain energy efficiency within your home, while reducing the chance of contaminating your water supply lines and plumbing fixtures.

2. Insulating the Water Heater

Insulating your water heater is an inexpensive way to improve energy efficiency. Insulating also reduces energy consumption and saves you money on your utility bills. This is because insulating your water heater reduces heat loss by 25%-45% (saving you roughly 4%-9% percent in energy consumption). You can reduce energy loss and increase energy efficiency even further by insulating the water supply pipes that connect to the heater.

3. Getting an Anode Rod Inspection

An anode rod is an aluminum or magnesium rod about 3/4-inches in diameter. Its main function is to attract the electrolytes in the water (and thus prevent them from corroding the tank). Without the rod, the tank could fail prematurely— and reduce the lifespan of the appliance. A tank failure such as a rupture or even a small leak could cause significant damage to flooring, walls, baseboards and trim.

4. Temperature Adjustment

Manufacturers preset heater temperatures up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Most households do just fine when the temperature is set to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. However, higher temperatures can waste anywhere from $35 to $60 annually in heat loss (and up to $400 in demand losses).

5. Water Heater Pilot Orifice

A gas heater relies on the pilot orifice to control the flow of gas to the pilot. The smallest amount of debris can interfere with the operation of the pilot light, causing your appliance to fail. Annual cleaning of the pilot light, thermocouple and burner/manifold eliminates failures due to debris restrictions.

As you can see, it is beneficial to care and maintain your water heater. Not only does it maintain maximum efficiency, but it can also save you a few dollars.

For answers to your questions, contact The Pink Plumber today.

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