We Americans treasure our hot water, don’t we? Whether we use it to wash our clothes or ourselves, we expect our hot water heater to deliver the goods when we want. That is a big reason why – aside from your home’s HVAC system – your water heater can be the biggest energy user of any appliance in your home. This is especially true if you have a large family and truer still during the summer months when your kids are home more often.
So, no matter if your water heater runs on electricity or gas, it can rack up the energy bills very quickly. Here at Masters Heating & Cooling, Inc., we also offer comprehensive professional plumbing services and we install and repair plenty of water heaters. Here are some tips from our plumbing pros that can not only help reduce your energy bills but also limit the wear and tear on your system:
LOWER THE WATER HEATER TEMPERATURE
For every 10-degree reduction, you can save anywhere from 3 to 5 percent on energy usage.
DON’T HANG OUT IN THE SHOWER
There’s nothing better than a nice hot shower after a tough day at work. But how long does it really take to get clean?
COLD WATER IS YOUR FRIEND
This is especially true when it comes to your washing machine. Most loads can be done with cold water and ALL rinse cycle loads for sure.
DON’T IGNORE DRIPS
From small things, big things one day come. A once-per-second drip can add up to more than 3,000 gallons of wasted water per year. If you can repair a fixture drip yourself, do it; if not call a professional plumber.
LEARN DISHWASHER EFFICIENCY
Don’t run partial loads or longer wash cycles. Do turn on the booster or extended heater cycle.
WATER HEATER MAINTENANCE & REPLACEMENT
Regular maintenance on your home’s plumbing system – including your water heater – will help reduce monthly energy bills and keep your appliances and fixtures operating efficiently. Contact Masters today and learn all about preventative plumbing inspections and maintenance. We will inspect your water heater, plumbing, and fixtures and detect any problems before they become emergencies. If your water heater is nearing the end, we offer a full line of A.O. Smith traditional water heaters as well as Navien tankless solutions. Call us today at one of our six Indiana locations: Fort Wayne, Decatur, Angola, Indianapolis, Greenwood, and Mishawaka … Masters gets there faster! Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Lic: #PC 11300007.