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How Much Energy Does My Water Heater Use?

Water heaters

Although most hot water heaters are hidden away, they are one of the most frequently-used appliances in our homes. Think about how many times throughout the day we use warm and hot water: for cooking, washing dishes, doing laundry, washing our hands, showering, and cleaning, just to name a few. If you have several people living in your home then chances are your water heater is working constantly throughout the day.

According to the Department of Energy, a water heater in an average home accounts for around 17% of the total monthly energy bill. Of course this varies depending on the type of water heater you have, how many people live in your home, and how often you use hot water throughout the day. Also, newer model water heaters are usually more energy efficient than older models, and water heater tanks work slightly differently than tankless water heaters. 

So, how can you tell how much energy your water heater uses each month? You can use this calculator to determine how much electricity your water heater uses, and as a general rule, water heaters run for three to four hours each day while more energy efficient models run for around half that time. Calculate your monthly estimated cost using this formula: the number of watts your heater uses multiplied by the price you pay per kWh multiplied by the number of hours your water heater is active during a single day. 

Energy savings with water heaters 

You may have noticed that there’s an increased demand from customers for tankless water heaters and other more energy efficient options. Many people are trying to make their homes more eco-friendly while cutting their monthly costs, and tankless water heaters are one way to achieve this. At Crosstown Plumbing we stock a range of water heaters that can increase energy efficiency and cost savings, and can ensure your home has a steady supply of hot water around the clock. 

There’s no reason to be spending hundreds of dollars each month on your energy bill. While your water heater is one of the most frequently-used appliances in your home, that doesn’t mean it needs to cost you a lot of money. We’ll be happy to discuss the various options on the market and make recommendations according to what you need. 

If you have any questions about hot water heaters, including tankless water heaters and other energy efficient options, please contact Crosstown Plumbing today. Find out why so many industry professionals partner with us for water heaters, plumbing supplies, and much more.

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