Water heating is the second largest energy end use in homes, behind space heating and cooling.
Heating water accounts for approximately 15 percent of a home’s energy use. High efficiency water heaters use 10 to 50 percent less energy than standard models, saving homeowners money on their utility bills. In many homes across the country, the most common type of water heater is the conventional storage tank water heater.
Heating technology has come a long way in the past 30 years, but what should you really know before purchasing a new water heater? When selecting the best type, or make/model of a hot water heater for your home, you need to consider fuel type, size requirements, energy efficiency, and costs. Depending on your area, what type of fuel is available at the lowest cost? What size is needed to provide your household with enough hot water and maximize efficiency? Determine how efficient a water heater is before you purchase it ensuring you know when this investment will pay for itself, not simply from a comfort standpoint, but from a monetary one as well. Energy efficient water heaters will have a larger price tag, but will pay for themselves faster than inefficient models.
Currently there are more energy efficient water heating options than ever to choose from including:
Whether you plan on installing a new energy efficient water heating system or not, there are multiple energy saving strategies you should try in order to maximize efficiency and lower your water heating bills. Here are a few strategies:
- Insulate your hot water pipes
- Lower your water heating temperature
- Reduce your hot water use
- Insulate your water heater tank
- Install heat traps on a water heater tank
- Install timer using off peak power for electrical water heating
To review these water heating options, click any of the following technologies: Tankless (On-Demand), Solar Water Heaters, High Efficiency Gas Storage Water Heaters, Indirect Water Heaters and Geothermal Water Heaters