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Hot Water HeaterYour home’s water heater can use quite a bit of energy, and chances are it’s a major culprit in running up your bill, especially if you have several living under one roof. There are some ways you can reduce water heating bills without switching to cold showers. Use these tips to help you keep some money in your pocket and still live just as comfortably as ever.

  • Install low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators in your home. Doing this can help you cut hot water usage drastically, and you won’t even notice the difference.
  • Insulate exposed pipes on the outside of your home, in the attic or in the basement. Any part of your home that isn’t heated could have pipe damage without proper insulation. Insulation sleeves are inexpensive, so there’s no excuse to have uncovered pipes in your house. You should also make sure your older water heater is insulated in a special jacket to reduce heat loss.
  • Turn down the temperature on the water heater’s thermostat. While the temperature gauge may be accurate, it’s best to test the water with a thermometer, reduce the temperature and then recheck after a few hours. Make the thermostat at the correct spot if the temperature gauge isn’t accurate.
  • Drain the sediment that can build up in the water heater’s tank. Too much sediment in the tank will make it run less efficiently, which costs you money in the long run. All you need is a garden hose connected to the water heater’s spigot to drain excess sediment in the bottom of the tank. Do it when you have a few hours to let the tank refill before you need a shower.

Contact Aqua Plumbing & Air for more information about how you can reduce water heating bills in your home. We’ve been serving Sarasota, Bradenton and surrounding areas since 1974, and we look forward to serving you as well!