Nobody wants to live without a water heater. It’s a staple of comfort in the modern home. However, nobody wants to pay an arm and a leg to heat the water they need for use in their homes, either. Heating water doesn’t come for free, of course. Even the most efficient water heaters in Tucson have operating costs.
Today, we are going to look at some of the ways in which you can strike the balance between modern comfort and convenience and budget-consciousness. Or, in other words—how to heat water more efficiently. Be sure to reach out to our Sunny Plumbers if you have any questions at all. We are here with all of the answers you could possibly need.
Lower the Thermostat
Are you serious about cutting down on the cost associated with heating water in your home? Then it is time to get serious about the fact that the water doesn’t need to be as hot as you’ve got it set for. Check the thermostat on your water heater. It’s probably still at the factory setting, and can easily be dropped by a few degrees without making you any less comfortable in the shower or negatively affecting the performance of your washing machine, dishwasher, etc.
Use Cold Water
Okay, this one might be cheating a bit. But ask yourself this—do you really need to be doing all of your laundry or washing every barely-used plate with hot water? Probably not. When things need a quick rinse and spin, especially as a pre-wash cycle, using cold water can help to chip away at your utility costs.
You don’t need a brand new hot water tank to make your water heater more efficient. There are actually insulating jackets that you can use to keep more heat in the tank. They are super simple to install, and you definitely don’t need to be a professional plumber like us to do it! You should also be insulating the hot water pipe coming from your tank water heater so that you’re not losing heat while the water makes it to your fixture or appliance.
Consider New Technology
From heat pump water heaters to tankless water heaters, there are a number of water heater options that offer greater energy efficiency than ever before. We’re not trying to give you a hard sell or anything. As noted above, there are plenty of ways in which to cut back on hot water costs.
However, if you’re dealing with a particularly inefficient water heater, or if your water heater is just old and unreliable, then it is definitely going to be in your best interest to replace it. And before you take that step, you’re definitely going to want to do your research.
If you’re thinking that it’s time to replace your water heater, and you want to learn more about your options, then let a member of our team know.