According to the U.S. Department of Energy, water heating can account for 25% of a home’s energy use. This is a substantial percentage, representing thousands of dollars per year in energy costs.
The good news is there are multiple ways to increase your home’s energy-efficiency with respect to heated water.
The Department of Energy provides a list.
- Reduce hot water usage : Fix leaks, install low-flow fixtures, and use high-efficiency clothes washers and dishwashers.
- Lower the hot water temperature : 120ºF is ideal. Each 10ºF drop in temperature saves up to 5% and slows corrosion.
- Insulate your water heater : A simple blanket wrap costs $25 and will save you up to 9% in costs
- Insulate your water pipes : Water will be delivered 4ºF hotter which means lower energy use.
- Install a timer : If your heater is electric, turn it off during non-peak hours such as overnight
- Use greywater heat recovery systems : 90% of water’s energy is typically lost down the drain.
Some of the above items are costly to implement, and others are inexpensive. Most can be handled without hiring a plumber, especially those items at the top of the list.
As a Norfolk homeowner, take control. Apply these energy-saving, water-heating strategies and you’ll not only save money each month, but you’ll lengthen the useful life of your home’s appliances and plumbing.
If you’re in need a plumber referral, please ask.