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Save Money By Preventing Water Heat Loss In Your Home

Water heater energy savingsHow much energy is your home wasting on water?

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, water heating can account for 25% of a home’s energy use. This is a substantial percentage, representing thousands of dollars per year in energy costs.

The good news is there are multiple ways to increase your home’s energy-efficiency with respect to heated water.

The Department of Energy provides a list. 

  1. Reduce hot water usage : Fix leaks, install low-flow fixtures, and use high-efficiency clothes washers and dishwashers.
  2. Lower the hot water temperature : 120ºF is ideal. Each 10ºF drop in temperature saves up to 5% and slows corrosion.
  3. Insulate your water heater : A simple blanket wrap costs $25 and will save you up to 9% in costs
  4. Insulate your water pipes : Water will be delivered 4ºF hotter which means lower energy use.
  5. Install a timer : If your heater is electric, turn it off during non-peak hours such as overnight
  6. Use greywater heat recovery systems : 90% of water’s energy is typically lost down the drain.

Some of the above items are costly to implement, and others are inexpensive. Most can be handled without hiring a plumber, especially those items at the top of the list.

As a Portland homeowner, take control. Apply these energy-saving, water-heating strategies and you’ll not only save money each month, but you’ll lengthen the useful life of your home’s appliances and plumbing.

If you’re in need a plumber referral, please ask.


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