It is the time of winter when the water heater becomes an essential part of our existence. But there is also the concern of high electricity bills at the month-end since our water heaters account for a huge chunk of the utility bills in winters.
But this season, you will not need to worry anymore, for we have got you covered. Here are 5 easy ways to save energy consumption while using the water heater.
1. Adjust the Thermostat
Take a look at the thermostat temperature. If the temperature is set at 80 degrees or maximum, just lower it down to 60 degrees or medium. Reducing the temperature by every 10 degrees will help you lower your utility bill by 5-7%.
In rare occurrences, thermostats are often inaccurate and thus you might need to take the temperature of the water with a thermometer in order to turn down the temperature.
2. Shorten your Bath Time
Needless to say, the hot water consumption by you and your family directly reflects in your water heater bill. In order to save the energy consumption, it is recommended not to indulge in a long bath, however refreshing it might be. Instead, try to take multiple short showers throughout the day, and you will feel refreshed as before. If you feel frozen to leave your bathroom to remember to keep a fluffy towel every time within your reach.
3. Fix Leaky Faucets
If any of the faucets of your bathroom is leaking recently, time to call a plumber and fix it. And if that faucet emits hot water and then contrary to your realization, a lot of water is being wasted every year. Wastage of water is to be strictly checked, and if it’s hot water then you are actually paying for it. The bigger picture is, your money is being drained out every year because of a leaky faucet in your bathroom.
4. Check for Sediments in Water Heater Tank
Accumulation of sediment in your hot water tank is normal, and it requires to be cleaned out at a regular basis. The buildup of sediment can reduce the efficiency of your water heater. Sediment deposits on the heating element not only reduce its life but also result in electricity wastage. A heating element that has sediment deposits will take longer to heat the water, which means wastage of electricity.
5. Buy an Energy Efficient Water Heater
If your water heater is coming to the end of its life, replace it with a more energy efficient water heater. Most old water heaters have very high standing losses and they consume a lot of power. The water heaters available nowadays are very efficient. Always go for a 5-star rated water heater that will lower your electricity bill considerably.
Also read: Best Water Heaters in India.
If you are considering purchasing a new water heater, buy a one with 5-star energy rating and try to adopt these habits. You won’t have to worry about those skyrocketing electricity bills.
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