Heating water is vital all year round, but it is especially important in winter. Bad usage or neglect can decrease the life expectancy.

In this article, we will share water heater tips that can improve efficiency.

Lower Your Thermostat

Most water heaters have a default setting of 140 degrees. Most property owners do not adjust this setting. Washing machines cannot use 130 degrees to heat water. To conserve energy and prevent corrosion in pipes and water heaters, lower the thermostat temperature to 130 or 120 degrees.

Use Cold Water

Accordingly to the U.S. Department of Energy 18% of household energy bills can be attributed to water heaters. It is possible to use cold water for many of the same purposes as hot water. Wash laundry loads with warm or cold water to conserve energy and protect clothes against shrinking, color fade and breaking down.

Cold water can help with basic grooming like washing your hands and brushing your hair.

Insulate Water Tank

Insulate your water tank and the water pipes connected to it for heat loss. Follow all manufacturer’s directions to prevent damage or increase fire danger.

Ensure that you regularly drain the hot water tank

Minerals can build up in water tanks, which can cause heat loss and reduce efficiency. Water can become cloudy or sour from this buildup. If you have any questions, contact a licensed Long Beach Plumber.

Old Appliances

Older water heaters may burst or fail sooner. Upgrade your old water heater to benefit from the latest features and improve efficiency.