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Love of Nature => Water Issues => Topic started by: ShadowSnake on September 11, 2010, 08:21:12 AM

Title: Water Heating tips
Post by: ShadowSnake on September 11, 2010, 08:21:12 AM
1. Insulate your boiler - National Energy Foundation
2. Install non-aerating low-flow faucets and showerheads.
3. Buy a new water heater. While it may cost more initially than a standard water heater, the energy savings will continue during the lifetime of the appliance.
4. Although most water heaters last 10 to 15 years, it's best to start shopping for a new one if yours is more than 7 years old. Doing some research before your heater fails will enable you to select one that most appropriately meets your needs.
5. Drain a quart of water from your water tank every 3 months to remove sediment that impedes heat transfer and lowers the efficiency of your heater. The type of water tank you have determines the steps to take, so follow the manufacturer's advice.
6. If you heat with electricity and live in a warm and sunny climate, consider installing a solar water heater. The solar units are environmentally friendly and can now be installed on your roof to blend with the architecture of your house.
7. Take more showers than baths. Bathing uses the most hot water in the average household. You use 15 to 25 gallons of hot water for a bath, but less than 10 gallons during a 5-minute shower.
8. Consider the installation of a drain water waste heat recovery
9. Use cold water to operate your garbage disposal. Cold water use saves energy and is the recommendation of most disposal manufacturers.
10. Be sure to place the faucet lever on the kitchen sink in the cold position when using small amounts of water; placing the lever in the hot position uses energy to heat the water even though it never reaches the faucet.
11. When washing dishes by hand, use a sink stopper or dishpan so water - hot or cold - doesn't rush down the drain. Remember, too, that hot water running needlessly not only wastes water, but energy as well.

Title: Re: Water Heating tips
Post by: victor68ave on December 07, 2010, 12:38:36 AM
Hello ShadowSnake,thanks for sharing the useful information i think solar hot water heaters are a thing of the past. Photo-voltaic cells are the newer. They produce a electic current when exposed to the sun.

Title: Re: Water Heating tips
Post by: rodrick3nie on December 09, 2010, 02:00:14 AM
Your tips are really very useful and I think that everyone should follow this.
Water is our life so save water.

Title: Re: Water Heating tips
Post by: terrence909 on December 23, 2010, 03:50:45 AM
I would like to add few more tips here Try atleast once every couple years to have your water heater inspected by a certified plumbing technician. This will keep it in optimal operating condition, and will prevent dangerous carbon monoxide problems.Repair leaky faucets promptly; a leaky faucet wastes gallons of water in a short period.

Title: Re: Water Heating tips
Post by: Jay G. on January 31, 2011, 03:27:57 PM
My last house had it, it is instant hot water.  It used to take about a minute or two too get the hot water, but it would last pretty well.  I do wonder if a water heater that keeps the water warm prior would be more economical.