It has become a trend nowadays to purchase and install energy-saving equipment. This is understandable since the cost of using energy and fuel sources continues to increase each year. The water heater is one of the most used and expensive plumbing fixtures out there. Aside from that, the operating cost of this device is staggering. No wonder people are turning to energy-saving appliances. Purchasing a new & efficient heating system can be expensive, and you may have not the finances right now to do so. However, what you can do is take action by doing maintenance and optimising your water heater so that it won’t use a lot of energy.
1. Lower your water usage
This is a basic principle in saving the energy of your fixtures; the less you use the appliance, the less energy it will consume. It’s clear that this can be applied to water heaters as well.You can do this by spending less time in a hot shower or bath, doing your laundry in one go instead of doing it multiple times a week, which uses a lot of hot water. You can also install low flow plumbing fixtures in your household. You might want to check out the water heater as well as your plumbing appliances if it has any leaks. This water leakage will cause both water and energy loss so it must be addressed
2. Add a water heater blanket or jacket
The effectiveness of this method will depend on what type of water heater you have at home. This is because old standard models don’t benefit from this blanket or jacket. Anyway, for those who don’t know what a water heater blanket/jacket is, it’s basically a covering that lowers the heat loss of the tank. You see, when a conventional heating unit is not used, it’s still storing hot water and this heat transfers to the tank lining. With the insulation of the blanket/jacket, the heat loss is regulated and less energy is dispensed in maintaining the hot water temperature. You should ask advice from the store on what blanket is best for your water heater tank.
3. Pipe insulation
Some people only insulate their pipes if they live in a cold climate to avoid the pipe linings from freezing and bursting. However, pipe insulation can also become beneficial for water heaters that are in areas that are not cold. Insulating pipes can bolster the effectiveness of the temperature of your plumbing fixtures. As what you already know, the longer the hot temperature stays on the tank and plumbing line, the less energy is used by the water heater. Some people think that it’s a hassle since the entire pipe lining of the plumbing system must be modified, but the pipes needed for insulation are the ones that are the first five to teen feet
from the tank. Ask help from your local plumber for the right insulation materials and measurement for your pipes.