The Benefits of Energy Efficient Water Heaters
It’s known that the only constant in life is change; well, older people will agree that their gas bill now is greater than what they used to pay as rent, or for house payments, decades ago. Gas prices continue to go up, and the cost to heat your abode or drive your car is becoming tougher for many people to pay. Energy is a topic that lots of people are discussing, and saving money on fuel prices by being more energy-efficient is heard all the time.
It seems impossible that we could stop using fuel completely, but our consumption can be curtailed in many ways. There are several things that you can do in your home to consume less energy. Let’s look at your furnace: there’s not much more you can do than keeping it serviced and functioning in an efficient way. Apart from that, to save energy you will have to keep the thermostat lower than you want. What can you do with your cooking stove in order to save money other than not using it at all? Try to do just full loads with your washing machine, and use cold water more. Second to your furnace, the biggest user of energy and fuel in the home is your hot water system.
Hot water is necessary for a number of activities: doing the laundry, dishwashing and showering. With several children, this can end up being a huge expense. For most families, the only option they have for saving money is getting on some sort of plan. The place to start on this plan is the hot-water heater. If you require a new hot-water heater, don’t just purcahse the most inexpensive one that you can find. Even though almost all new water heaters are energy-efficient, and that alone will help save you money, some are more efficient than others. In the first instance, make sure that you get something which is unquestionably more efficient, otherwise you may find yourself paying many hundreds of dollars more for energy than you have to.
Oftentimes you are going to save more over the long haul by increasing your inital investment. Your intent of saving fuel and hence money would be best achieved by installing the most efficient hot-water tank. If that one is too costly for you, get the most efficient one you can afford. Also see to it, with a new water heater, what the size should be for a family like yours. A pointer in this issue is that it would be pretty usual for a family of five to use 100 gallons of hot water per day.
The radiant heat loss rating of your water heater should be 15 maximum, and less if possible. The term radiant heat loss refers to the heat that the hot water loses during transit from the heater to where it’ s actually used, such as at the dish washer. The less heat that is lost in this way the more efficient your new hot-water heater will be.