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Electrical Water Heater Energy Saving Tips and Resources

Jan 25, 2018 | Residential Electricity, Save Money on Electricity

At Expert Electric, water heaters often prevent homeowners from reducing their electric bills. This is because water heaters are designed to have hot water ready to go, whether you need it or not. If you are trying to reduce your electric bill but are being prevented by your hot water tank, here are some simple electrical water heater energy-saving tips.

Turn Down the Tank’s Thermostat

For every 10 degrees, you can turn down your electrical water heater and save about 3-5% on your electric bill. While most water heaters come pre-set at 140 degrees, your water tank can be turned down to 120 degrees and still produce the right amount of hot water for your needs.

Use Less Hot Water

One of the surest ways to cut down on your hot water costs is to use less of it. This can be accomplished by simply installing low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators, which can help cut your water consumption by 25-60%. Another way to reduce hot water consumption is to set your dishwasher to economy mode. Since most modern dishwashers can handle dirty dishes, you can skip the pre-washing habit by scraping the remaining dinner contents into the green waste bin.

Drain the Sediment

Since tanks naturally build up sediment that can reduce efficiency and make energy savings a challenge, draining the electrical water heater now and then can help keep the tank running at the optimal level. To drain the sediment from your hot water tank,

Turn off the water and power the hot water tank.

Connect a garden hose to the spigot at the base of the hot water tank.

Point the hose at a nearby drain, carefully lift the tank’s pressure relief valve, and turn on the tank’s spigot. The water should begin to flow down the drain.

Electrical Water Heater Energy Saving Tips and Resources

Insulate Exposed Hot Water Pipes

Insulating your hot water pipes will help the water arrive at the faucet about 2-4 degrees warmer, so you will not have to wait as long for it to warm up. Simply insulating the exposed water pipes in areas such as the basement can help save energy, water, and money in the long run.

Insulate the Hot Water Tank.

If you have an older hot water tank in an unheated space, wrapping it with an insulated blanket is a simple and easy way to reduce costs. Using an insulated blanket on an older model can help cut heat loss by 25-45%, saving 4-9% on the average electric bill.

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