September 17 2010

Getting Out of Hot Water: The Water Heater

by April

How To Drain Your Water Heater Tank

Water heating is typically your third largest energy expense, accounting for about 14 percent of your utility bill, let’s see where we can shave some of that off!

• Don’t leave the water running while you shave (or brush your teeth)

• Install a low flow aerator on your shower head, you’ll use less water and hardly notice a difference if you notice one at all

• Set your water heater temp for 120 degrees, lower if you like cooler showers – if you like ‘em hot, make ‘em shorter

• Check to see if your water heater has a “vacation” setting, use it if you will be away for more than two days

• Fix defective plumbing or defective faucets, a single dripping hot water faucet can waste 212 gallons per month

• Keep your water hot by making sure pipes in unheated areas are insulated

• Put and insulating blanket (not a regular blanket!) around your water heater

• Always use cold water when it will do the job as well as hot

• Once a year, drain your water heater tank completely (my husband gets to do this next weekend).  Then turn the incoming water on and off repeatedly for about 20 seconds.  You wouldn’t believe the sediment that builds up in there, and this helps flush it out and make your water heater more effective.

When it’s time for a new water heater, you can get some great tips at: http://www.energysavers.gov/your_home/water_heating/

Tune in next week when I go tankless!

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