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Are Old Hot Water Heaters Causing Damage To Your Budget

Aug 18, 2008
We can take the hot water that we use in our home for granted until it suddenly stops. If our hot water heater stops working and only cold water comes out, we know it has to be repaired immediately. We use hot water in the home every single day and with the lifestyles that we lead today, having to heat it for all the things we use it for would just not be realistic.

What many of us do not realize is that heating water with a conventional hot water heater around the clock can really have an affect on our energy bill each month. The hot water that we heat and use can account for anywhere from fifteen to twenty five percent of our bill. When we consider all the other energy using elements in our homes like televisions, lights, computers, appliances, heating, cooling, and other things, the hot water we heat is really a significant part of our energy usage.

With the costs of energy becoming such a major concern for everyone these days, it is a good idea to find as many ways as we can to use less, especially when some things can be done to help that really will not affect our lives that much. If we will only enlist some of these energy saving measures, we could see a big difference in our energy bill at the end of the month.

Using less hot water and using it more efficiently is a great place to start for energy conservation. To begin with, we should lower the temperature on our hot water heaters to no higher than one hundred and twenty degrees Fahrenheit. You could even get a tax credit if you invest in a solar hot water heater. The new tank free hot water heaters are well worth the investment because of the savings alone and you never run out of hot water with these because it is only heated as it is needed.

Other things you can do to conserve energy and use less water is to take more short showers instead of full baths in the tub. Always make sure that your dishwasher and washing machine are fully loaded before you use them. It makes no sense to only wash a half a load of dishes or laundry when it uses the same amount of water and energy as doing a whole load. These are the simplest ways to use less hot water and save on energy, but with a little more research you can find many more ways that will help lower your energy usage.
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