Energy-Efficiency: Water Heating
Are you building a new home? Are you remodeling an existing property? Or, are you on the market for a new water heater? No matter which of these circumstances applies to you, it’s very important to take “energy-efficiency” into account when you’re investing in your old or new home.
Since it’s currently the winter (or another season depending on when you’re reading this), our customers are thinking a lot about water heating. Nobody wants to take a cold shower in the middle of winter, right? Of course, some of us hate cold showers year-round!
Since water heaters are “top of mind” for homeowners during the colder months, we wanted to dedicate this post to energy-efficient water heaters, and guess what? Homeowners aren’t the only ones concerned about their water heaters.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “Water heating accounts for about 18% of your home’s energy use.”
If you reduce your hot water use and implement other energy-saving techniques, such as choosing an energy-efficient water heater for your home, you could reduce your household’s energy usage and save money each month on your water heating bills, according to the Department of Energy.
About Hot Water Heaters
Today, the average water heater lasts 6 to 10 years depending on the size of your household, how well you maintain the unit and the type that you buy. When you select a water heater for your home, you don’t want to do so blindly.
The ideal water heater for your home will depend on the size of your household, as well as the fuel type or energy source that you have for water heating. Water heaters basically come in the following varieties: gas, electric, tankless, and solar water heaters.
When you select a new water heater, consider the following:
- They type of fuel or energy source you want to use, including its availability and cost. Fuel or energy sources come from: electricity, natural gas, solar, and sometimes fuel oil, and geothermal energy.
- The size of your household.
- The energy-efficiency of the water heater.
- The annual operating costs compared to less energy-efficient models.
If you are in the market for a new hot water heater, the best way to ensure it’s energy-efficient is to have a skilled plumber help you find the perfect model for your home. For professional water heater installation and repairs in Cedar Park and Leander, contact Excalibur Plumbing!