Water heating is a large part of the utility bill for most families in Glenview, Illinois. Fortunately, you can save money and energy by following these tips for conserving hot water:

Add Insulation to Your Pipes

Insulating your hot water pipes saves energy and lets water arrive at the faucet warmer. That way, you won’t have to wait as long for the water to get hot before you take a shower. You can insulate exposed pipes in your basement by yourself. But you should get help from a professional to take care of pipes inside walls or crawlspaces.

Adding insulation to an older water heater can also help you save energy. Just don’t cover the thermostat or the air inlet for a gas water heater. Newer models should already have enough insulation.

Upgrade Your Water Heater

If your water heater is more than 15 years old, replace it before an inconvenient breakdown. Because newer models are more efficient, an upgrade for your water heater will eventually pay for itself through energy savings. Tankless or solar water heaters are especially economical.

A tankless water heater needs less space, so your home will have more places for storage. You also won’t need to worry about running out of hot water. Many solar water heaters don’t need any electricity from sources outside your home. A radiant heating system uses hot water to make the floors in your home warm and comfortable, helping you save energy on heating and hot water.

If you’re not ready to replace your water heater, you can make it more efficient by adding a timer. When you and your family members are asleep or away, your water heater will shut off automatically to save energy.

Maintain Your Water Heater

Sediment builds up in most water heaters over time. You should have yours drained by a professional at least once every six months.

Lots of sediment can force your water heater to work harder, shortening its life and increasing your utility bills. A service technician will turn off the water and power to your heater for safety and make sure that you have no hidden problems. If you have a gas water heater, he or she will also switch the burner to the pilot setting before draining the tank. Having your water heater checked often will prevent hazardous leaks and help you save money and energy. There’s no need to drain a tankless water heater, but you should still schedule an inspection regularly.

Turn Down the Thermostat

Turning down the temperature on your water heater’s thermostat helps you save energy and reduces the risk of accidental burns. First, check the temperature with a thermometer to make sure your water heater’s thermostat is accurate. Turn it down and wait for a couple of hours. Then, measure the water temperature again from the same faucet. You might need to adjust the water temperature a few times to get it right.

Use Less Hot Water

Warm baths and long, hot showers can use too much hot water. You can save money and time by taking shorter showers and turning off the faucet while you’re shaving, brushing your teeth or adding soap.

You can also upgrade your faucets and shower heads to low-flow models with aerators. They mix water with air to increase the pressure and conserve water, and they’re inexpensive and easy to install. Use the economy setting on your dishwasher for more savings, and skip pre-rinsing dirty dishes too. When you do laundry, use cold water to save money and keep water that’s too hot from damaging delicate clothing.

Roberts Heating & Air Conditioning is a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer with more than 35 years of HVAC experience. We can help you install, repair, and maintain a variety of heating and cooling equipment, including water heaters. Call us anytime at 847-272-5836 for excellent, friendly service from one of our expert service technicians.

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