Have you done everything you know to do to be more energy-efficient but notice that your gas or electric bill is high? The problem might be your water heater using too much energy.
Is My Water Heater Using Too Much Energy?
To find out if your water heater is using too much energy, here are five questions to ask.
What’s the energy-efficient rating?
First, check to see how your commercial water heater rates on efficiency. Do this by looking at the sticker on the unit that says “Energy Guide.” Find where it says “estimated yearly operating cost.” The mark on the scale will tell you how energy-efficient your water heater is compared to similar models. If it’s on the lower end of the scale, you may want to consider replacing the water heater with one that uses less energy.
Note: If you can’t find the “Energy Guide” label on your water heater, search for the model online or the manufacturer’s website.
How old is it?
If your water heater is nearing its lifespan or is more than fifteen years old, it could be doing more harm than good. The average life cycle of a water heater is between ten to fifteen years, twenty if it’s a tankless system. Energy-efficiency declines as the unit ages, causing a steady increase in operating costs.
Does it need maintenance?
If age isn’t the problem, then maintenance could be. One of the most common water heater problems is sediment, which consists of calcium carbonate, grit, iron, magnesium, sand, and other particles.
Over time, the particles settle at the bottom of the water heater before drifting into the mechanisms, causing problems. Most plumbers recommend flushing the water heater at least once a year to clear out sediment. Keep the hot water flowing with regular maintenance, and extend the life of your commercial water heater.
Do you have it set at the right temperature?
Depending on the type of business, you may have your water heater set higher than necessary. Depending on your business operations, you can save money by lowering the temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. On average, you can save around 5% on your energy bill for every ten degrees you lower the temperature. Consider turning it down if yours is set high.
Is it the right size?
Commercial water heaters come in many sizes. And there’s a BIG difference between determining the size needed for a residential water heater versus commercial applications.
Sizing isn’t a guessing game. Many factors go into sizing a water heater for commercial use, including storage capacity and input. Manufacturers design different types of commercial water heaters and equipment for specific applications. If your water heater isn’t the right size to handle your business’ needs, it will use more energy and wear out faster, not to mention interrupt services when it runs out of hot water.
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