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Useful Tips to Save Money on Water Heating

waterheating_5.18Water heating in Boulder typically accounts for about 18% of your utility bill. If you know how your water heater works, then you’d understand why it is an energy hog.

Water heaters work constantly in order to provide you with hot water whenever you need it. The problem is that water cools down after a few hours. As a result, the water heater turns back on to warm the water again. The good news is that you can see a noticeable improvement on your water heating bills in Boulder Colorado, with just a few simple changes.

Here are a few ways to make your water heater more energy efficient.

Install low-flow showerheads

Thanks to modern technology, manufacturers were able to make showerheads that offer a very satisfying shower, but use less water.

Unlike regular showerheads, low-flow showerheads in Boulder can reduce your water consumption by up to 50%. This means that your water demand requirement is also reduced to half. Therefore, the amount of electricity that is needed to heat it is also cut in half.

Minimize hot water consumption

According to studies, the average American household uses about 700 gallons of water each week, for showering alone.  Considering how hot it is outside, you might want to minimize your hot water consumption and make an effort to switch to cold water for things like showering, rinsing dishes or brushing your teeth. With these simple changes, you can take a load off your water heater and your wallet as well.

Turn down the temperature on your thermostat

Most water heaters come pre-set at 140 degrees. Unless you’re soaking your dishes in boiling water or taking a shower with scalding water, you might as well turn it down to 120 degrees. You’ll save about 3 to 5% on your monthly bill for every 10 degrees you turn it down.

Turning down the temperature will not only reduce your energy consumption, it also helps slow down mineral build up; thus, extending the life of your water heater.

Maintain your water heater

Over time, sediments build up on your water tank. This can slow down the water heater’s ability to heat; thus, taking a toll on your Boulder Colorado utility bill. Draining the tank will keep it running efficiently.

Water Heater Maintenance from the Longmont Plumbing Experts

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Water heaters are one of those appliances we rely upon everyday. It provides you with warm baths, sparkling pots and pans and clean clothes. Unfortunately, water heaters often go unnoticed until it stops working and you wind up in a cold shower.

Very few people know that water heater has to be maintained to keep it running efficiently for a long time. A little preventive maintenance is necessary to keep the hot water flowing.

Follow this simple maintenance routine to keep your water heater running efficiently and reliably for years.

Drain the tank

Sediment buildup can clog your water lines and reduce your water heater’s efficiency. Avoid this problem by flushing the tank every 6 months to a year.

Shut off the circuit breaker, if electric and turn off the gas, if gas. Also, turn off the cold water supply. Drain about a quarter of the tank to get rid of sediments and debris. Then, connect a garden hose to the tank’s drain valve.

Next, turn on the water drain to release the water from the tank. Let the water flow for about 30 minutes to remove the sediment and dirt that has built up in the tank.

Flush the tank

Turn the water back on to remove sediments at the bottom of the tank and flush the tank with clean water. Turn of the valve once the water runs clear.

Refill the tank

Turn off the water drain at the base of the tank. Disconnect the hose from the valve. Turn on the cold water inlet to the tank and turn the power to the water heater back on.

Check the anode rod

The anode rod should be inspected and replaced every 2 years. Some pitting and corrosion are expected but if the anode rod is coated with calcium or is less than ½ inch thick, it should be replaced.