Make Your Water Heater More Efficient
Do you know how much of an average household's total energy use goes to water heating? 14%! This is typically the second largest part of your energy bill.
We use hot water throughout the whole year so any energy saving measure can make a big difference. Here are a few tips to cut your water heating bill.
Insulate the water heater tank and hot water pipes First, check to see if your propane water heater needs insulation. Newer water heaters already have ample insulation; more may not be needed. If it is already insulated satisfactorily, you can still use foam wrap material to insulate your hot water pipes throughout the house.
Insulating your water heater and hot water pipes can mean big savings and will pay for itself in under a year.
You should also insulate the first few feet of the cold water pipe nearest the heater. Make sure you keep the foam insulation at least three inches from the heater draft hood and exhaust vent.
You can use a fiberglass insulation blanket to wrap your propane water heater. These kits are available from your local hardware supplier at reasonable prices. Make sure you leave the top and the area near the bottom open so that the pilot and burner can have air and your heater works properly.
Also the control panel should not be insulated. Please thoroughly read and follow the safety instructions.It is always recommended that you consult a professional before installing your own insulation.
Turn down the water heater temperature Water heated to 120 - 125 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal. Higher temperatures are not only a waste but also a danger, especially for children.
If the control panel of your water heater does not have temperatures, you can use a cooking thermometer to check the temperature of the water in your sink or bath and then determine where to set the button to get a temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Also if you think you need really hot water to sterilize your dishes and clothes, let me tell you that it is nothing more than a myth. You can set the button to the hottest, still your dishes and clothes will not be sterilized.