6 ways to Green Your Water heater
Conventional water heaters devour energy by relying on large water tanks that need to stay heated 24/7. New appliances and techniques can help you save energy by shrinking the “standby” power needed to keep a constant reservoir of hot water, or by eliminating the water tank altogether.
This inexpensive “blanket” or “jacket” usually costs no more than $20 and can improve the energy efficiency of water heaters by up to 10 percent.
Pipe insulation is easy to install and prevents heat from escaping.
Shut your water heater off when you go on vacation, or use an inexpensive timer to reduce water heater temperature at night.
These innovative appliances, which qualify for a tax credit, use a heat exchanger to rapidly heat your water on the spot, reducing the need for a large tank.
These tax-credit eligible units save energy by using a solar collector to absorb thermal energy and use it to heat the water tank.
Heating the water uses 85 to 90 percent of the energy required to wash a load. And cold-water washing helps your clothes look new for longer.