Hot Water Heater Tips for Winter

Everyone complains about the gas and electricity bills going up during the winter. Most people have this complaint because they are spending a lot of money heating the home. However you should know that a lot of that added cost could be coming from the fact that your hot water heater isn’t properly set up for winter. If your water heater isn’t ready for winter then it will take a lot longer to warm the water in your home for bathing, doing dishes, etc. This can cause a big increase in your electricity bill. Luckily it’s really easy to make sure that your hot water heater is winter-ready.

The most important thing that you can do right now to keep winter electricity costs down is to go outside and wrap your hot water heater with proper winter insulation. There is a really easy way to determine whether or not your hot water heater needs more insulation; just touch it. A hot water heater that feels warm to the touch is losing too much heat and needs to be wrapped up with better insulation. Doing this will allow you to reduce energy waste in the home by as much as forty five percent and can immediately save you almost ten percent on your heating bills. Note that it’s a lot more difficult to add proper insulation to a gas-based heater so you might want to be careful if that is what you’ve got in your house. You can still do it yourself but you want to make sure that you know what you’re doing for safety reasons. If you have an electric water heater then you shouldn’t have any problems at all. Of course, you could actually consider switching to a solar water heater and then you would really be saving money on electricity this winter!

Wrapping up your hot water heater is the most important thing that you’ll do but it’s not the only thing that can help reduce energy waste in this area of the home. You will also want to take a look around the hot water heater and determine if there is any excess energy waste going on. For example, are the hot water pipes exposed and therefore not keeping the water as warm as you want it to be? If so then you should wrap those too. Or is it the hot water heater located in a drafty basement? Caulk up the windows down there and the room will be warmer so your hot water heater doesn’t have to work so hard. None of these things take much time but these tips will save a lot of electricity in your home.


Publish Date: 2010-01-07 10:36:32

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