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Saving On Water Heating Bills

Heating and cooling units

save hot water energy blanket insulationExcept for heating and cooling units, the water heater is your home’s largest energy user.  Unless you need a higher temperature for a dishwasher, set your unit for 120º F.  Turn it off when you go away for more than a few days.

If you have an electric unit, find out if your power company offers off-peak rates.  Schedule bathing, laundering, and dishwashing for these periods, or just prior to them.  You need to have a special meter installed.  It’s usually on a circuit with a timer set to run the water heater during off-peak hours.

Does your water heater feel warm when you touch it?  It’s losing heat.  Wrap it with an insulating fiberglass blanket available as a kit.  Take care not to cover a gas unit’s top or to block the air flow to the gas burner at the bottom.

If you are buying a new water heater, get a super-insulated energy-saving model.  Putting extra insulation on an old, less-efficient water heater, won’t save much.

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