Water Heater Cost

Water Heater Cost

When considering the cost of a water heater, the initial cost is just one part of the decision equation and perhaps the easiest to determine.  Equally if not more important is the ongoing cost of operation.  Although the manufacturer can and often does provide this type of information, the exact cost is more heavily determined by the specific application in your home and the cost saving techniques you employ.

By applying some basic techniques your the hot water, can result in a significant savings on your utility bill since water heating is the second largest energy expense in your home. It ranges from 14-18% of your utility bill.

Listed below are several ideas.

1. Set the thermostat at the appropriate level. Many times the temperature is set much higher than needed; sometimes as high as 150 degrees. A setting of 120 degrees Fahrenheit provides a comfortable level.RheemWaterHeater

2. Insulate your water heater tank. By wrapping the tank with an appropriate blanket will allow for more efficient heating by reducing energy loss. It is extremely important to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations in order to avoid covering up some specific parts of the tank. It is recommended that you hire a professional plumber to do this. As a corollary to this insulating the first six feet of the hot and cold water pipes running to and from the tank is also advisable.

3. Install aerators on all faucets. By mixing air with the water stream, less water is actually used. By selecting aerators with a flow rate of less than 1.0 gallons per minute, water usage can be reduced by 25-60%. The rule for low-flow showerheads is a 2.5 gallons per minute.

4. Have a professional plumber check the water pressure coming into your house. If it is above 45 pounds per square inch, the technician can install a pressure-reducing valve. This will lower the pressure to 35 pounds per square inch and result in conservation of both hot and cold water.

5. Install a timer on your electric water heater. If hot water is only used during specific periods, the timer can be set to come on right before the times of high usage. During times when there is no demand for hot water, the heating elements are not energized. To have a timer install contact us at 706-543-9850.

6. Replace appliances that use hot water with ENERGY STAR models. When it’s time to replace your appliances, such as dishwashers and clothes washers, the selection of ENERGY STAR certified models will conserve energy as well as reduce the demand for hot water.

7. Purchase an ENERGY STAR hot water heater. Typically the life of your water heater is fifteen years. With the continual improvement in water usuage and energy efficiency, replacing your water heater is recommended. Check out this video on selecting a hot water heater in Athens GA.

In addition you can extend the life of your water heater by and preventing costly water heater repair by following good preventative maintenance.

Armour Plumbing & Well Service
22 Sunny Hills Dr., Ste 101
Athens, GA  30601