Water heating is the second largest energy consumer after heating and cooling, accounting for about 18% of your home’s energy use. Clothes washing tops the list for hot water usage, followed by showering, bathing and automatic dishwashing.
If you’re planning to purchase a new water heater, consider these energy saving options:
- An ENERGY STAR rated electric heat pump water heater can save an average family $300 per year.
- By taking advantage of federal and state tax credits, you can acquire a solar water heating system for about 1/3 of its actual cost. You can save even more with discounts from local service providers. See printable coupons on CFGBA’s web site.
- On demand or tankless water heaters can be 34% more efficient than standard tank storage units.
To maximize the efficiency of your existing water heater:
- Lower your water heater’s thermostat to 120°.
- Insulate the tank of your hot water heater. Please follow the manufacturer’s instructions or hire a professional.
- Insulate the first six feet of hot and cold water pipes connected to your water heater.