Every budget-conscious Massachusetts homeowner wants to save money by limiting water heating costs. Fortunately, five simple steps can help you pocket significant savings on your energy costs. You can implement these money-saving tips immediately, and start enjoying reduced water heating costs on your very next bill.
- Lower the temperature — The simple step of reducing the water heater’s temperature provides several advantages. Manufacturers typically set the temperature at 140 degrees, but you can safely lower it to 120 degrees, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Advantages include: lowering the chances of scalding; helping stop corrosion in the heater and pipes; and for every reduction of 10 degrees, reaping a cost savings of 3 to 5 percent.
- Install a timer — Reserved solely for electric-powered systems, installing a timer is a great way to automatically turn off your heater when it is not needed, such as during the night when everyone is sleeping, or timing the unit to cycle on during your utility company’s “off peak” times.
- Install insulation — Insulating your heater with a blanket or pre-cut jacket can help prevent the tank from losing heat and result in substantial savings on your energy bill. If your tank feels warm to the touch, it probably needs insulation. Your utility company might even offer a rebate if you have an insulated water heater.
- Use low-flow fixtures — One way to reduce your water-heating costs is to install low-flow fixtures, which restrict the amount of water that flows through the faucet or showerhead. Installing these types of fixtures can reduce your water usage by as much as 25 to 60 percent.
- Fix leaks — Any leak in your faucets or pipes can waste a large amount of hot water every month. Getting these leaks fixed will reduce your water-heating expenses even further.
For more information about lowering your water-heating costs or any issue relating to home comfort in the Route 495/128 area of Massachusetts, contact the professionals at Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning.
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