If you live in Arizona or Nevada, you may be surprised at the amount of money you spend on your energy bill. As a result, you may be interested in some of the top money-saving tips for water heaters and other forms of energy usage. If so, then you’ve come to the right place!
Here at Ambient Edge, we try to help our customers in any way we can. Sometimes that’s through our repair or installation services, and sometimes it’s by providing our customers with money-saving tips like the ones below! You can also call us at 888-230-8941 to set up a preventative maintenance contract, which will allow us to keep your water heater running in tip-top shape, thereby saving you money on your energy bills!
Invest in an Insulation Blanket
One of the ways you can save money and energy wasted by your water heater is to invest in an insulation blanket. An insulation blanket, or hot water heater blanket, wraps around your water heater. This, as its name would suggest, insulates the water heater, holding the heat in and preventing it from escaping.
To get the best quality insulation blanket, you need to go by its “R-value.” The “R” in “R-value” stands for resistance, meaning that the higher the R-value, the better the insulation. So, if your water heater is located in a room that is typically colder than the other rooms, like the garage or basement, you’ll want to choose an insulation blanket with a higher R-value because it’s more likely to lose heat faster than a water heater within the home itself.
If you don’t feel comfortable installing the insulation blanket yourself, you can always call a professional plumber for help.
Reduce Your Water Usage
Another way to save major money on your water heater is to watch the amount of water you and your family use. Consider the following tips that both save you money and help the environment:
- Turn off the bathroom sink while brushing your teeth.
- Turn off the kitchen sink between rinses while washing dishes.
- Create a compost pile, rather than throwing food down the garbage disposal.
- Use the cold-water feature more often on your washing machine, rather than hot or warm.
- Keep a pitcher of water in the fridge, rather than running the tap until the water reaches your desired drinking temperature.
Lower Your Thermostat
The manufacturer’s settings on many water heaters are set at 140 degrees Fahrenheit. However, most homes are perfectly comfortable after reducing that temperature to 120 degrees. The best way to tell whether you’re comfortable with the reduction in temperature is to take a shower. Chances are good that you won’t be able to tell, and you’ll be both saving energy and reducing the amount of buildup and corrosion in your pipes and the heater itself in the long run.
Turn It Off
Another way to save money on your water heater bill is to simply turn it off. Turning off your water heater when not in use can both save you 10 percent of your energy bill and reduce the amount of overall energy you use.
There are two ways to successfully turn your water heater off so as to reduce energy usage. First, you can turn off the power until about a half-hour before you know you’re going to need it. Then, turn it off right before you turn on your hot water.
Another way to save energy by turning off your water heater is to put it on a timer. A timer is a great idea because, while it may be a little pricier to install, you’ll make back over time the money you spent, and you can prevent the heater from heating up a full tank of water that you have no intention of using anytime soon.
Save Money on Your Water Heater with Ambient Edge!
If you have a water heater in need of repair, or if your model is old and you are looking for a replacement, our technicians at Ambient Edge can help. We offer promotions and financing to help offset the costs, and we will analyze your home before the install to ensure that we are efficiently meeting the energy needs of your home and family.
We are proud to offer our customers a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee, and we provide service 24/7 in the event of a water heater emergency. Simply fill out the contact form on our website, or give us a call at 888-230-8941. We can help you see energy and money savings as soon as your next energy bill, so call now!