Hot water is necessary for a household. It makes cleaning clothing a lot easier. It makes washing dishes more sanitary. It allows people in your house to take showers without feeling as though they are going to freeze. The problem is that hot water heaters use up a lot of resources to actually get the water heated to people's required needs. This is because when people are not using the water, it cools down and requires energy to be heated back up. This means that your hot water is constantly having to heat water.
To lower your energy bills, you will either need to get a newer, more energy-efficient model of water heater, or you will need to get your household to use the water heater less often. Here are some tips for the second option while you gather the funds to get a new water heater.
1. Turn Down the Thermostat
Your first step is to turn down the thermostat of the water so that, in order to achieve the maximum amount of heat, you don't need to use as much energy. This will allow you to cut your energy bills significantly. You may need to fuss with the temperature a few times in order to get it as low as possible without reducing the quality of life within your home. First, turn down the temperature to a level that you think is appropriate. Wait two hours and then try to use the hot water. Make sure that it is hot enough for your general use. If it is too cold, turn the thermostat back up. If it is hotter than you think it needs it to be, turn the thermostat down. Keep fiddling with it until you get it exactly right.
2. Get a Low-flow Showerhead
Your next step is to get a low flow shower head. This will reduce the amount of hot water that your family uses when they shower, which will therefore reduce the amount of times that you need to use the water heater throughout the day. This might even cut down your water costs significantly. If your family complains, know that they will eventually get use to it.
3. Insulate Your Tank
Finally, be sure that you insulate your hot water tank so that the water in it loses less heat when it sits, requiring you to use the water heater less.
Talk with Buchner Bernie Inc for more information on replacing your old water heater or keeping your current one energy efficient.