Want money saving solutions that will pay for themselves in five minutes?
Look here. Because, yes, we should all have high efficiency on-demand water heaters, but not necessarily the budget for it right now. It’s a great goal for the future of your home, but lets look at what you can do today, for this season, at zero cost. Here are some ideas.
FREE. Have a hot water tank? Check the temperature and consider turning it down. A temperature of 120 is usually more than adequate. Most tanks will have a range from 100 – 140 degrees for operating temperature. You may think that a lower water temperature means it won’t go as far. True in theory, but in practice, you will probably not know the difference – except in your utility bill. The way a hot water tank works is to heat the water, then shut off until it cools to a trigger point that will reheat it again. If the tank must reheat to a higher temperature, it uses more fuel to do so, and loses that heat more quickly as there is a large difference between the water temperature and the air temperature.
FREE – and easy. Call R&B for a free estimate for an on-demand water heater, because it doesn’t hurt to ask. Then check out the Fortis BC website for grants and to calculate your savings and your payback period.
Not free, but cheap. Have an older tank? Consider a water heater insulation blanket. They sell at big box retailers for around $65 and they will save you from heat loss. Newer tanks have a lot more insulation in them so tank blankets are less effective.
Those will get you going. Check out the follow-up blog for Free Heating Tips.
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