Save Energy at Home with Water Heaters by Kevin Anderson

estar partnerHere at Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort our developer backed in house Condo & Town Home construction division has been a proud Energy Star partner since 2010. We strive to help people save energy at home.

If you are considering purchasing a new home, an Energy Star certified home is the best choice for your family, the environment, and your wallet.  If you are interested in saving energy on the home you living in now….read on.

water heaterWater Heating Facts:

Modern living requires hot water….for showers & baths, dish & clothes washing.  The latest data indicate most household spend $400 to $600 yearly for water heating….or about 14% of your yearly energy costs…making it number 2 behind heating and cooling in energy costs.  New Star qualified water heaters available today incorporate intelligent design improvements and computer controls resulting in great improvements in efficiency and performance.  In fact you could save energy at home and cut your heating costs by 50% depending on what heater you buy.  FYI, our Energy Star condos and townhomes have Smart on board controls that have Energy Saver, Vacation, and Learning modes which actually heat water based on your usage habits!

WaterHeaterAcc Hot Water Tank InsulationWater Heating Savings:

The first thing you need to do is set your water heater thermostat to 120 degree Farenheit or below.  The cost savings derived from a lower temperature are comprised of two components.  The first being less standby loss which is heat that is lost from your water heater to the areas around it.  The second is consumption or the water you use in your home.

  • Set your water heater over 120 F and you are wasting energy and money.  In fact at 140 F you could be wasting between $36 to $61 a year from standby heat loass and over $400 in consumption losses.
  • Bottom line set at 120 degrees F or lower, you will save energy and money.
  • Do you have an older water heater and not ready to get a new one?  Then improve its efficiency by adding a water heater insulation jacket.  You can pick one up for as little as $20 and install it yourself in 5 minutes.  Result? Save over $30 a year in excess heat loss.
  • Quick Fix:  Does your water heater have pipe insulation on the lines from the tank to the wall?  If not pickup some at your local hardware or home improvement store and install.  This will keep your hot water from cooling down on its way to the faucet for more savings.
  • Going on vacation or leaving town for a few days?  Then save energy at home by making sure to power or turn off your electric and gas water heaters.  Heating water for no one is surely inefficient and wasting money.

energy guide labelThink about the Future

The average water heater today has a life of 10 to 15 years.  When it finally dies you could be in a bind.  When people are rushed to replace a must have item like this they may not take the time to thoughtfully consider the options.  If your water heater is over 10 year in age then save energy at home by replacing it with an Energy Star qualified unit before it leaves you in the lurch.  It’s also important to compare the estimated yearly cost of operation between models as all are not the same.  By planning ahead and choosing wisely your purchase will result in a best case scenario for your situation and the savings will help pay for the unit.

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