How to make your hot water heater more efficient

hot water heaterIn this post we will cover way to save on your energy bill and conserve more hot water from your hot water heater. Improving how your hot water is distributed will go a long way to accomplish this goal. Here is a list of things to do to improve on the efficiency of your hot water heater.

Hot Water Heater Efficiency – For Existing Homes

  • Install low flow shower heads
  • Find and repair any leaks
  • Check insulation of pipes and add more if needed
  • Upgrade existing water heater if needed
  • Consider adding point of use water heaters where needed

Hot Water Heater Effeciency – For New Home Construction

  • Proper pipe insulation
  • Properly routed pipes
  • Purchase a energy efficient conventional water heater or a tankless water heater
  • Consider adding point of use water heaters where needed

A point of  use hot water heater is a great addition especially in larger homes where the distance from the main water heater to other parts of the house can result in significant heat loss. A point of use hot water heater heats water closest to the source it is most needed at.  Adding a point of use hot water heater in bathrooms or kitchens furthest from the main water heater is a often a better option then increasing the temperature setting of a storage water heater and thus increasing your energy costs. If you are lucky enough to own a hot tub, point of use water heaters are ideal to use to heat the water for a hot tub. Also, If you are building on to your existing home such as a loft over the garage you should seriously consider adding a point of use water heater to any bathrooms in the addition. With a point of use water heater you can run only cold water plumbing to the addition and use the POU for the hot water.

If your wondering if a point of use hot water heater would be an asset to your home give us a call and  ask one of our friendly plumbers at KT  Plumbing. We will give you an honest answer and will not sell you anything that will not be a benefit to you and your family.

Is a tankless hot water heater  best for your home?  Read our post – Should I buy a Tankless Hot Water Heater?

More information on hot water heater efficiency can be found on the American Council For An Energy Efficient Economy Website.

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