4 Ways to Save Energy – Cutting Back with These Powerful Tips

Date: January 30, 2019

Faucet hot water knob

In most cases, average families in the United States use roughly 70 gallons of hot water on a daily basis. This takes into consideration showers, baths and general sink use, as well as dishwashers, washing machines, and other appliances. All of this water consumption makes it easy to understand about 20 percent of a home’s monthly energy bills are based on hot water use.

Here are a few ways to operate more efficiently and cut back on your hot water use starting today:

Ways to Save Energy: Cut back on hot water use

If you’re looking to lower your energy bills, using less hot water is sure to help. Take a look at these statistics and get started with your new habits today!

  • Dishwasher cycle: six gallons
    Tip: only run your dishwasher after you have a full load.
  • Average load of laundry: 25 gallons
    Tip: set the water to a cold water to wash your clothes and adjust your washer’s water level to reflect the load.
  • Running your bathroom or kitchen faucet: two gallons per minute!
    Tip: turn off the faucet unless you are using the water. (Turn it off while you brush your teeth or shave.) Don’t rinse your dishes until they’re all in the sink.
  • Typical shower: 10 gallons
    Tip: use a low-flow shower head in each shower.

Turn it down: bring down the thermostat on your water heater

While most thermostats will default to 130˚ F or higher, 120˚ F should really be more than enough to cover most of your needs. You can double check by looking up proper water temperature in the manufacturer recommendations.

Keep the heat in: insulate!

It’s no secret that the majority of your hot water’s heat is gone after transfer. If this doesn’t take place in the storage tank, it happens in the pipes coming from the tank – generally in the first six feet of pipe. One way to ensure you’re keeping as much heat as possible in is to insulate these areas.

Take the leap with a high-efficiency propane model

Known for their efficiency, propane water heaters are great ways to ensure plenty of hot water for your needs at a reasonable cost, whether you’re considering a conventional tank models ora tankless water heaters.

You may notice that tankless propane water heaters cost more upfront. While this is true, the initial investment leads to long-term savings, and you’ll be glad you made the commitment. Here’s some more information about these innovative systems.

The full story on propane tankless water heaters

What does a water heater look like? Some people would describe it as an oversized tin can. This, in fact, is the water heater’s storage tank, not the water heater. That’s right – the actual water heater is a small burner that can be found at the bottom of the tank. So the real water heater is made up of this unit, plus a few parts inside the tank.

And actually, not all water heaters even need to store hot water. Enter tankless water heaters.

Tankless hot water heaters get the water hot as you need it. This on-demand system accesses water directly from a water pipe. A tankless water heater is usually fueled by propane it can make a huge dent in your energy bills. This makes the process of heating water much more efficient in the process as well.

Additionally, they take up such a small space that you will actually be able to reclaim all that square footage your old water heater was taking up. Most tankless units hang on a wall and are about the size of a small suitcase and, maybe best of all, they will last about twice as long as a standard storage tank water heater.

So next time you’re looking into your best options, give a tankless water heater some thought.

Tankless water heaters: how they get the job done

While your old water heater would heat and store water until you needed it, it would also lose heat over time – even more so if it’s located in an unheated space.

Here’s where a tankless hot water heater can help: when you turn your hot water faucets on, or power up an appliance, water circulates through a heat exchanger and shows up upon request.

At the same time, you’ll see an uptick in energy efficiency – to the tune of 40 percent – and you’ll be able to access unlimited amounts of hot water – all without the worries that come with tank draining and having to refill and reheat.

Are you considering a water heater replacement? Would you like to know if a propane tankless heater is the best choice for your home? Don’t wait until your existing water heater runs out of steam! Reach out to your local propane provider today for expert advice.

If you’re interested, you can learn about which type of water heater may be best for your Tennessee home when you fill out this brief questionnaire.