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How to: Save on Water Heating

How to: Save on Water Heating

How to: Save on Water HeatingEvery time you turn on a hot water fixture or an appliance that uses hot water in your home, your water heater goes to work. It also works a lot in between uses maintaining the thermostat temperature. All that work and energy usage can really add up quickly in higher water heating bills.

 

The secret to lowering your water heating bill is to combine conservation efforts and more efficient water heating. Here are some great tips to help!

Turn Back Hot Water Temperature

Turning back your water heater’s temperature to 120 degrees is safer to use by preventing scalding and it saves energy. After you’ve turned back the thermostat a notch, use a thermometer to measure hot water temperature from the most distant fixture. You’ll need to wait a few hours in between adjustments.

Clean Your Water Heater

Debris and deposits inside your water heater make it work harder, use more energy, contaminate water and can cause your water heater to breakdown or fail early. You’ve got a lot to gain in addition to energy savings by flushing your water heater.

  • Turn off the water heater’s electricity and gas as applicable.
  • Close the water inlet valve.
  • Attach a garden hose to the drain. Extend the hose outside or to a floor drain.
  • Turn on the drain to empty the water heater.
  • After the water has drained, turn on the water inlet valve to flush more water through for a few minutes.
  • Close the drain valve and fill the water heater.
  • Disconnect the water hose, and turn on the electricity and gas.
  • Drain a gallon every few months to help prevent buildup.

Install a Timer

Water heater timers can save a lot of money — especially if your water heater is located in an unconditioned area of your home. Timers are available in basic switches, countdown timers, box timers, programmable devices and WiFi-enabled timers.

 

Work with a reputable HVAC contractor, and you’ll save money on your water heating bill and your HVAC system all summer long.

 

Please contact Powers Heating & Air for the best water heater and HVAC services in Peachtree City.

 

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040.

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Easy Tips for Reducing Your Water Heating Bills

Easy Tips for Reducing Your Water Heating BillsWater heating costs rank second only to cooling and heating expenses for driving up energy expenditures. You may find that you can easily reduce water heating bills by implementing no- and low-cost measures that will help keep more energy dollars in your pocket year-round. Following are a few pointers to get you started.

Clear the Sediments

Every few months, hook a hose to the water spigot at the base of the tank and drain a quart. The hard water deposits that collect at the base of the tank slow the heating process.

Turn the Temperature Down

Keeping the temperature at 120 degrees slashes heating bills, prolongs the life of the water heater and reduces the risk of scalding injuries. Most dishwashers have a heat setting to boost the temperature of the incoming water to 140 degrees. It costs far less to use the heat boost for the few gallons of water the dishwasher uses than it does to keep the water heater at 140 degrees continually.

Fix the Leaks

Leaking plumbing fixtures waste water along with the energy it took to heat it. Replacing the washers or o-rings in faucets is a fairly simple project.

Use Less

When you need to replace your plumbing fixtures, look for those with the WaterSense label issued by the U.S. EPA to designate the most efficient faucets and shower heads. You’ll also find inexpensive WaterSense aerators to insert in existing faucets, which is an easy way to reduce water heating bills.

Insulate the Water Heater

If your water heater is warm to the touch, it’s radiating heat outside; this is called standby heat loss. Home improvement centers sell insulating blankets that reduce this heat loss. Make sure to measure the tank before you go shopping and determine whether it’s gas or electric.

When you wrap the water heater, be certain you don’t cover the thermostat. Gas water heaters need extra care to avoid blocking the airflow into and out of the water heater.

If you’d like to learn more about how to reduce water heating bills, contact Powers Heating & Air. We’ve provided HVAC services to Peachtree City homeowners since 2001.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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Button Up Your Home For The Nippy Weather Ahead

Before winter hits Georgia, it’s important to make sure that your home is ready to keep out the cold weather that will be coming with it. Here are some useful tips that will help keep you and your family warm all winter long while also keeping your heating costs down.

  • Add insulation. Make sure your walls have sufficient insulation between them and that your attic floor and basement ceiling are covered.
  • Run fans in reverse. Setting a ceiling fan to run clockwise will help push heat back down.
  • Use plastic insulation. This material is virtually invisible and adds a layer of protection against drafts.
  • Seal your ducts. Warm air will escape into unnecessary areas like your attic or crawlspaces if there are holes and cracks in your ducts.  Use a duct mastic to seal them so air doesn’t escape.
  • Upgrade your furnace. Modern heating equipment can save you up to 50 percent on energy costs when compared to older models.
  • Use tax credits to your advantage. Government rebates and other similar incentives can help lower the cost of an upgrade.
  • Use an energy monitor. These tell you how much energy you are using and will indicate when you are using more than usual.
  • Utilize weatherstripping. When used around doors and windows, this material can help block drafts.
  • Drain hoses and air conditioner pipes. This step helps you avoid hazardous freezing that can cause expensive problems.
  • Change your furnace filter. Replace your filter each month to maintain your heating equipment’s efficiency.
  • Schedule a service check. Hire an HVAC contractor to inspect and clean your heating equipment.  This will help it work efficiently and last longer.
  • Hire a reputable HVAC contractor. Be sure to pick a trustworthy contractor who will get the job done right the first time.
  • Turn down your water heater. Lower the temperature can save you approximately 10 percent on your water heating costs.

For more tips on how to prepare your home for winter, contact Powers Heating & Airtoday.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about getting your home cold-weather ready and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

Powers Heating & Air serves Peachtree, GA and the surrounding areas.  Visit our website to see our special offers and get started today!