You can use the following water heating tips to lower the cost and energy usage for your home's hot water needs.
1. Install a water heater that is more energy efficient.
Inspect the energy label from the manufacturer. It will explain the annual energy usage and operating cost for the system. You can also look for a model that is Energy Star rated. These systems use about 30% less power than other similar models without the rating. Consider converting to solar systems and only using electricity or gas as a backup heating method.
2. Consider replacing your home's boiler.
Keep in mind the fuel type, as gas powered boilers are more energy efficient than electrically powered ones. If you have a family, a regular boiler will be more efficient than a combi boiler. Consider the amount of space you have and whether the system is compatible with the existing solar heating.
3. Have your plumber install a drain-water heat recovery system.
These systems are able to recover the heat of your waste water from showering, washing dishes and using the clothes washer in order to apply it to heat new, clean water.
4. Keep your water heating equipment properly maintained.
Follow the owner's manual guidance on draining water heater storage tanks in order to remove sediment. Check the heater regularly for rust stains and slow leaks. Have gas-powered systems professionally serviced and checked for proper flue operation.
5. Upgrade to energy efficient clothes washers and dishwashers.
These systems use fewer litres of water per cycle and do not generate as much excess heat when heating the water. The newer appliances are designed to only use as much heat as needed.
6. Insulate your water storage tank.
You can purchase an insulation blanket and wrap it around the storage tank of the water heater. Sleeves are available for wrapping around hot water pipes to reduce heat loss through the metal.
7. Use less hot water.
Wash shirts and trousers in cold water. Take shorter showers and avoid taking baths. Use cold water for rinsing your dishes.
8. Turn down the thermostat on your water heater.
Older units will have a dial while newer systems may have a digital thermostat. Set it to no hotter than 50 degrees Celsius.