The summer months can mean an uptick in your utility costs due to increased usage. Your water heater gets a heavier workout during the summer months, too. During the winter, your water heater works its hardest because it has to warm colder water and keep it heated, but lifestyle conditions can mean that your water heater gets a good workout during the summer months as well. Whether it’s the extra showers needed to wash off the summer sweat or the additional laundry from kids, vacations, and summer camp, you may find your water heater is getting its fair share of work.
5 Tips for Saving on Water Heating this Summer
Keeping water heated can be expensive, so if you’ve made the switch to a tankless water heater system, then your system is likely as efficient as it can be. For those who haven’t made the switch, you may be able to find savings through lifestyle changes. There are also a few other ideas you can try to save money on your water heating this summer.
- Reduce Hot Water Usage: You can save energy costs and hot water by switching from baths to showers or taking advantage of cold-water clothing washing opportunities. You can be comfortable in your home while reducing your hot water usage by making small changes – even if it’s just waiting until your dishwasher is full before starting a load. Reducing your hot water usage will reduce your energy spending.
- Give your Hot Water Heater a Vacation: When you go on vacation this summer, you should consider turning off your water heater and emptying the tank. You can save money if you’re planning to be gone for more than a couple of weeks. Once you’ve returned, you can refill your tank and turn it back on to resume heating your water.
- Consider Appliance Upgrades: Depending on the age of your system, you may want to consider upgrading to an energy-efficient unit or a modern tankless system. In addition to a new water heater, you can also use less heated water this summer by installing low-flow fixtures and appliances with greater energy efficiency. Upgrading your appliances and fixtures may seem like an expensive proposition, it can save money over the life of ownership because these upgrades will work together to use less water and efficiently heat the water used.
- Maintenance: It may seem like every plumbing and home comfort system specialist touts the benefits of regularly scheduled maintenance, but it’s true. Your water heater should receive semiannual maintenance checks to ensure your system is working properly. They can also check for small leaks and inconsistencies in your line where you may be losing hot water.
- Insulation: If you didn’t insulate your system during the winter months, then make sure to do it during the summer. It’s easy to lose heat from your storage tank, but insulating the system will slow down the rate of energy loss and keep your water warmer longer. It’s easy to spend hundreds of dollars each month on energy costs just from your HVAC system, so any money you can save on water heating costs will be welcomed.
We’re Here to Help You Save This Summer
If you are looking for ways to cut your summer energy costs, your water heater may be a great place to start. Based on the tips we’ve provided, there are painless ways to save water and improve our system’s efficiency. It’s common to use more water during the summer, but that doesn’t mean you have to increase your hot water usage. If you’re not sure where to start your improvements, then call us today at (702) 500-0936 for more information about our services.