Your water heating system can meet your daily needs without being an energy hog.
Reducing energy consumption to cut expenses and (greenhouse gas) emissions is what wise consumers always seek to know.
So here are four incredibly simple and smart ways to lessen the energy expenditure of our home’s hot water system:
1. Know your water heating system inside out.
This is a must. The less we know something, the more afraid we are to do anything about it. Only when we know more about our system can we begin to make an efficient and effective use of it.
For example, how do you know whether your instantaneous gas hot water system is performing well? If you are clueless about its running cost, you may find it difficult to think of a better alternative to it.
Yet, the more familiar you are with the system, the more significant adjustments or changes you can make. Dust off your water heating system’s instructional manual or do an in-depth online search to get to know your water heater better.
2. Consider energy-efficient alternatives to your hot water system.
The best time to look for better alternatives to your water heating system is definitely not on the same day the system breaks down. If your system keeps pushing your utility bills through the roof, you need to save up fast and invest on an energy-efficient unit to replace it with.
For instance, switching to electric or solar heat pumps from tankless electric water heater (a known power hog) will undoubtedly slash your heating bills. When computing for costs, make sure to include the installation, running, and maintenance costs on top of the item’s price tag.
3. Small changes can cut down your total energy consumption.
Little changes in how we use our hot water system can make a big difference when put together. Below are some of the small things we can do to save energy:
- Use cold water when washing clothes or dishes.
- In the cold months, try to skip the bath tub and opt for a shower instead.
- If you find that your showerhead’s energy efficiency label is poor, don’t hesitate to replace it with a highly efficient model.
- Consider insulating your hot water lines as well as your storage tank (if you are using a tank-style system) to prevent heat loss.
- Where the climate is not too cold, you can lower the water heating temperature.
- Never leave your hot water system on when you are going on a long holiday.
4. Properly maintain your water heating equipment for smooth operation.
You can only discover faulty and leaky parts of your water heating system upon close inspection. If it has been years since you last checked your hot water pipes and tank location, you have a lot of issues to deal with. You can seek the help of a plumber or a hot water maintenance specialist if you find it tough to do any mechanical work.
Remember that a well-maintained system will work more efficiently and serve your needs longer than you expect. So, make regular maintenance or servicing a must in your priority list.
There are definitely more ways to conserve energy through smarter hot water use so stay curious and keep an open mind. Don’t forget to share with us your energy-saving success at the comment section.
Rachel Heagney, Freelance writer for Controlled Release Technologies Inc., a research, development and manufacturing firm based in Shelby, North Carolina. CRT is a manufacturer of independently-certified Green products for HVAC maintenance. Since 1986, CRT has been creating leading edge HVAC maintenance products that have become industry standards, used in thousands of commercial buildings world-wide. CRT employees are members of ASHRAE, and the American Chemical Society. http://www.cleanac.com (800) 766-9057.