Of all the places to save a buck, save it in water heating. Hot water is a significant portion of your business’ energy bill. If you need to reduce operating costs, your water heater is a hidden and often forgotten resource to pinch some pennies. Here are five secrets to an efficient water heater.
How to Make Your Water Heater More Efficient
Gas? Propane? Electric? Whatever your water heater’s fuels source, these simple practices and low-cost investments can help your commercial water heater run more efficiently and lower energy costs.
Install the Right-Sized Water Heater
Is your water heater the right size for your usage? Smaller doesn’t mean more efficient. An undersized water heater for the capacity you require is an overworked water heater. If you require a higher capacity than it can hold, your water heater is constantly heating as you use the hot water leading to a large utility bill. Instead, invest in a heater with a larger capacity that can adequately support your hot water needs.
Keep Your Tank Sediment-Free
A sediment-free tank is an efficient water heater. As water heats, minerals in hard water can crystallize and settle at the bottom of the water heater creating sediment that reduces efficiency and slows down the water heater over time. Routine maintenance twice a year can help keep your tank sediment-free, running efficiently, and extend your water heater’s life span.
Insulate The Tank and Pipes
A water heater’s tank and pipes lose a significant amount of heat (and energy) as the heated water moves from the water heater to its destination. Maximum energy savings by insulating them. It’s a relatively inexpensive fix that can have a big impact on your energy bill. Just be careful not to cover the thermostat on an eclectic heater. For gas tanks, be careful not to cover the heater’s top, bottom, thermostat, or burner.
Install a Water Heater Timer
Standard tank commercial water heaters constantly keep busy keeping the tank full of hot water. That’s a lot of energy use, especially when you consider the hours your business is closed. Adding a simple timer to your electric water heater to shut off when you closed can decrease energy use.
Decrease the Thermostat
Depending on the water temperature regulations for your business or facility, lowering the thermostat to just ten degrees can save you 3-5% on your total water heating costs and a more efficient water heater.
Efficient Water Heater at Wholesale Prices
If your water heater is constantly in use, is damaged by sediment, or is outdated, it may be time to upgrade. Wallingford Sales has wholesale prices on top commercial water heater brands. Call today at 866.721.2763.