Hot water can be vital throughout the year. However, it is more crucial during winter. Neglecting to install heaters can lead to a decrease in life expectancy. This article will share some water heater tips to increase efficiency.

Lower the Thermostat

Most water heaters default to 140 degrees. This setting is not adjustable by property owners. Hot water temperatures for washing machines are limited to 130 degrees. You can reduce the thermostat to 130 or 120 degrees.

Try to Use Cold Water

According the U.S. Department of Energy Water heaters account for 18% of household energy costs. Cold water can be used to do many of same things as hot.

Warm or cold water can be used to wash laundry loads. This will help you save energy and prevent clothes from getting damaged by color fade and shrinking. Cold water is good for basic grooming, such as washing your hands or brushing your teeth.

Insulate Water Tank

To prevent heat loss, insulate your water tank and the first few feet connected hot and cold water pipes. Follow all instructions from the manufacturer to avoid damaging your unit and increasing fire danger.

Drain the Hot Water Tank

Water tanks can get clogged with minerals that naturally occur in the environment. This can reduce heat transfer efficiency. This can make water discolored or taste sour.

Old Appliances

Older water heaters can burst or break down more easily Replace your old water heater with the most up-to-date features and increase energy efficiency.