Water Heater

Heating water is one of your largest annual energy expenses. Electric water heaters can consume approximately 600-kilowatt hours per month per water heater.

  • Water heating accounts for the second-highest use of energy in most homes, after space heating and cooling.
  • Insulate older electric water heaters with an insulating blanket available at hardware stores. If your water heater feels warm to the touch, then it needs additional insulation.
  • Insulate your hot water pipes coming out of the water heater. This can result in a 3 percent savings in heating costs.
  • Install a piece of insulation board under your water heater for additional energy savings.
  • Reduce the consumption of hot water to save you money. Suggestions include:
    1. Install a low-flow showerhead in the shower as well as reduce time in the shower.
    2. Run the dishwasher and washing machine only when full loads can be washed.
    3. Turn down the temperature setting on your water heater to 120 degrees.
    4. Use cold water as much as possible when washing clothes.
    5. Repair leaking hot water faucets.
    6. Don’t let the hot water tap run unnecessarily.