How to Keep Water Heater Costs Low

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Anyone who has taken an ice cold shower knows how much a water heater is needed in a home. It is responsible for heating water for the shower and sinks. This convenient much-needed item can also raise your electric bill. There are a variety of things you can do to lower the costs and keep your water heater running in good condition.

  • Replace the Water Heather – Begin with getting to know your water heater. Let’s face it, the heater has probably been hiding behind a closet door for years, so open the door and investigate. You will want to look for water or leaks as well as rust. If you find any of these issues you will want to repair or replace the water heater.
  • Lower the Temperature – According to the Federal Department of Energy, the water heater thermostat should be set to 120 degrees. Most water heaters go up to 140 degrees. However, this temperature can easily burn and scold the elderly and children. Keeping the thermostat at 120 degrees prevents burning and saves money too!
  • Lessen Use – Water enters into your home through pipes at 2 gallons per minute. To lower the cost, try to take shorter showers and use economy settings on appliances such as the washing machine and dishwasher. Your family may not be happy to learn that their hot shower time has been lessened, but it will save money and energy.

Even if you have never had water heater issues before, there will come a time when it needs replacement. Rust and long term use are the common reasons for replacement. Most homeowners will tell you installation is one of the most difficult things they have every done. It’s true! Installing a new water heater is not only difficult, but also complicated and dangerous. Always make sure the breaker switch that corresponds to your water heater is turned off before removing or installing.

It is best to have a professional complete the installation. You will be surprised how quickly they can get it done. While DIY installation sessions are known to go on for hours and even days. Contact a professional in the beginning and let them do the hard work. It also prevents you from prolonging the situation. Without a water heater, you can’t do much in your home. After proper installation, make sure the thermostat is set at 120 degrees and follow the money saving tips listed above.

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