Improve Your Home With an Energy Efficient Water Heater

by Dave The Handyman on December 27, 2010

Are you electric bills running a little high? Out of all of the appliances that are in your home, more than likely the hot water heater is taking up a good percent, possibly up to 35% of your electricity bill. This is common for old water heaters to use up a lot of amps and make that electric meter spin. Let’s put it this way, if your water heater is more than 10 years old it is more than likely time to replace it. These days almost all water heaters are made energy effiecient, and there are lots of places where you can purchase cheap water heaters, you can even get them online and delivered right to your doorstep.

Though the installation of the water heater is going to run you a couple hundred bucks, unless you know how to do it yourself, which in most cases is not that hard. So let’s get into some of the types of water heaters that you may want to purchase to improve the quality of your home and save some money on your electric bill.

Gas Water Heaters

Using gas as fuel to heat the water is a pretty efficient way to heat the water compared to using electricity. They come in tanks and they also come tankless. This may not be an option for all homes though as not all homes have gas hook ups. Same thing with condos, in my opinion if you are choosing from a gas heater and an electric water heater, I would go with the gas if it is available.

Electric Water Heaters

These heat the water by using around 240 volts of electricity, which are sent to the heating elements. The problem with electric water heaters is that there is always one element that is drawing amps, which greatly dips into your power bill. The electric water heaters that are made today though will have good insulation, and do a very good job of keeping the heat in the tank, which will lower the usage of the heating elements saving you money.

Tankless Water Heaters

Also referred to as on demand water heaters. There is no tank and the hot water is heated up instantly. They do not use as much space as the tank hot water heaters. These types of heaters save you money as they are not drawing amps until you need the hot water. You don’t have to worry about heat loss as you do with tank water heaters. These are available in both electric and gas.

Solar Water Heaters
These are by far the most energy efficient water heaters that there are today, and probably ever will be. Powered by the radiant heat that is sent from the sun, you will not have to worry about your meter spinning if you have it hooked up correctly. Solar is the way of the future, and is the greenest way to heat your water. There may also be tax benefits for using solar powered water heaters for your home.

Remember though no matter what type of water heater you get for your home you have to make sure that it is properly sized for your home. Even tankless water heaters have to be properly sized for big homes as there is only so much water that can go through them and be heated at once. You cannot expect to run a wash cycle on hot, run the dishwasher, and take a shower at the same time with an undersized tankless water heater, same principle goes when it comes to the storage tank water heaters.

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