Water heater

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.

  1. Buy a water heater insulation blanket

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    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.

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  2. Insulate your water pipes

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    Pipe insulation is easy to install and prevents heat from escaping.

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  3. Reduce the thermostat setting on your water heater

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    Shut your water heater off when you go on vacation, or use an inexpensive timer to reduce water heater temperature at night.

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  4. Choose a tankless water heater

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    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.

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  5. Install a solar thermal water heater

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    These tax-credit eligible units save energy by using a solar collector to absorb thermal energy and use it to heat the water tank.

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  6. Wash clothes in cold water

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    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.

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