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Save Money and Energy With These Water Heater Tweaks

a plumber checking the water heater

According to the Department of Energy, heating water alone accounts for about 18% of the average household bill. That makes it the second largest energy expense, behind cooling and heating.

Expert Plumbing, Heating, Air, and Electrical talks about how getting water heater repair at Eagle Mountain and some other tweaks can lead to substantial savings.

Repair Maintenance

Today’s water heaters are designed to require little or no upkeep, but there are still things you can do to extend your equipment’s service life. Lift the pressure-relief valve’s lever and let it snap back. It should let out a gush of water into the drainpipe. If it doesn’t work as it should, try replacing the valve.

You should also drain the water heater at least twice a year to remove collected sediment that may cause a build-up of rust.

Fix Leaky Faucets

Leaky faucets are notorious for spiking up water bills. It’s easy to ignore them, especially if you’re only seeing continuous droplets, but the effect on your bills could be substantial. Consider this, a faucet with 60 drips per minute is equal to 3,153 gallons of water per year.

It’s even a bigger problem if the water is heated because you’ll be wasting both the water and electricity.

Upgrade

Water heaters usually last up to 12 years, so if your unit has been around for two decades, it’s high time to get an upgrade. New models in the market are more energy-efficient and can significantly lower your utility bills for a long period.

Heating a home is not cheap, and so is heating water. If you’ve changed your usage habits to cut your home’s heating costs, and your utility bills continue to be above what you expect, repairing your unit may just solve the problem. If all else fails, definitely consider a replacement.