Heating water will typically account for about 20 percent of your monthly energy bill, but with everyone home a lot more than usual these days – taking longer showers to pass the time, eating more meals that dirty more dishes, and washing more clothes – it could be even more than that.
How do you keep water heating bills manageable during COVID Lockdown 2020?
Follow these tips to reduce water heating cost:
Use less hot water – Gallons of hot water can add up quickly! To reduce usage, conserve hot by:
Taking shorter showers, or showering less frequently
Installing low-flow faucets and showerheads (you can get them online if you can’t get to your local hardware store).
Washing your clothes in cold water, and only when you have a full load
Repairing leaks ASAP
Insulate your hot water storage tank – If you have a conventional water heater (one with a storage tank), insulate the tank, being careful not to cover the thermostat or burner compartment. For more information, see your owner’s manual or contact us.
Lower your water heater thermostat – The default setting for your water heater is typically 140 degrees – much higher than you’ll need for a shower or bath. Try setting your water heater’s thermostat to 120°F; it should be fine for most uses and will cut your water heating bill by about 10 to 15 percent.
Upgrade to a tankless water heater – Replacing a conventional water heater – especially an older one or an electric model – with a new high-efficiency propane tankless model in an investment that will pay for itself in just a couple of years. Not only will it save you 30 percent or more on your energy bills every month, it will also last longer – about 18 years on average vs. 10 to 12 for a conventional water heater.
When you install a tankless water heater, you’ll also get unlimited hot water while reducing your home’s carbon footprint – not to mention getting rid of that big, ugly tin can in your basement (tankless water heaters are about the size of a suitcase…they can even be wall-mounted).
Act now and you could save up to $400 on a tankless water heater installed by the pros at Murray-Heutz Oil and Propane! Save energy and enjoy an endless supply of hot water year-round. Contact us today for details, or to learn more about propane tankless water installations in Androscoggin County.
Please note: At Murray-Heutz Oil and Propane, your safety and comfort are always our priority. Please see our COVID-19 Service Update Page to learn more about how we are working to keep your family and our crews safe and your home comfort services coming as we navigate this challenging time.