Did you realize that simply heating up your water accounts for over twenty percent of the total energy cost for your home? The consumption of more energy is required for the process of heating water than practically any other domestic activity (except for heating and cooling your whole home.) If your water heater's efficiency is less than fantastic, the hefty prices you already face will hit you even harder than they would have otherwise.
Water heaters that are not energy efficient do not operate as well as they could and cause you to spend more money on a monthly basis. It's a no-win situation that has the potential to become much drier over time. The efficiency of your water heater may be improved with a number of tried and tested techniques, which is fortunate. Here are five easy DIY projects that can improve the efficiency of your water heater and save you money in the process.
Step 1: Drain Water Heater Sediment
Magnesium and calcium are two examples of minerals that might accumulate in the tank of your water heater over time. These minerals will eventually fall to the bottom of the tank, where they will become cemented and form silt. The settling of sediment in your tank might make the system work harder than it has to in order to heat the water, which is inefficient. Over time, the additional labor causes the tank to experience a buildup of pressure, which leads to overheating and possibly even ruptures. At the very least once every year, and perhaps up to three times if you have hard water, you should completely drain your water heater tank and rinse it out with cold water. This will ensure that your water heater is operating at peak efficiency.
When sediments are removed, your heater will operate much more efficiently, and you will avoid the more expensive repairs that can arise as a result of the buildup that sediments can cause. If you have the correct equipment, flushing your water heater is a fairly straightforward chore that you should be able to complete on your own. You also have the option of calling in a professional to perform this task as part of a broader call for water heater repair.
Step 2: To insulate the water pipes
Heat has a rapid dissipation rate, and this is especially true in your plumbing and water tank. Even though this is a natural occurrence, it hinders the ability of your water heater to heat water as effectively as it could. It is necessary to heat a greater quantity of water in order to compensate for the heat that is lost in the pipes of your home. When you heat more water, your water heater will have to run for longer periods of time, at a higher level of intensity, and will use more electricity. This results in an increase in the amount of money spent on your power bill. Insulating water pipes is an effective way to reduce heat loss and increase operational efficiency.
When you insulate your pipes, the heat generated by the system is contained within it, where it should be. Insulated water pipes retain heat for extended periods of time and even have the ability to boost the water temperature by 2-4 degrees Fahrenheit on their own. Even something as simple as insulating your cold water pipes can make a difference.
If you do a little bit of research beforehand, the task of insulating your pipes and water heater will not be too difficult for you. Simply choose an insulation material, take the necessary measurements of your pipes, and get started using some equipment that is already in your home, including gloves, scissors, a tape measure, and duct tape.
Step 3: Install Fixtures with a Low Flow Rate