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Hot water heaters can become costly if not properly maintained. There are several ways to save money on your hot water bill when it comes to daily usage. Eaton’s Home Care Centre is proud to serve Vancouver and the Greater Vancouver areas to help with hot water heater repair and maintenance.

In order to save money on your hot water bill, showerheads and faucets should be switched to low-flow alternatives. Faucets should also be checked for leaks. If a faucet has been leaking persistently for months, litres of water may have leaked and increased your hydro bill. You can also save money by setting your hot water heater to 48°C in order to get hot water that’s comfortable for washing your hands or use in the shower.

Insulation is a key factor in preventing costly heat loss. You should also insulate an electric hot-water storage tank. Be mindful that the thermostat is still visible. If you have a natural gas or oil hot-water storage tank, make sure that you don’t cover the thermostat, top, bottom, or burner compartment when insulating the tank. Read the manufacturer’s instructions for proper maintenance of all water heaters. Heat traps are built into new water heaters; however, heat traps should be installed on both the cold and hot water pipes of your water heater to avoid heat loss. Measure the first 6 feet of both the cold and hot water pipes that are connected to your water heater. This section of pipe should be insulated to prevent heat loss.

Consult the manufacturer’s directions for more cost saving tips for you water heater. While water heaters typically last up to 15 years, it may be prudent to look for more cost-effective alternatives if your water heater is more than 7 years old. Contact Eaton’s Home Care for the most cost effective plan.

Some long term solutions to energy saving include switching to an energy efficient water heater. Water heaters labeled with ENERGY STAR® and EnergyGuide labels must meet specific requirements in order to achieve that label. Specifically, tankless water heaters can save 30% more energy than storage tank water heaters.

Tankless water heaters are also known as on-demand water heaters. There is significant energy loss in traditional water heaters that must store litres of hot water before the tank is emptied and refilled. The hot water tank may take up to an hour to refill and reheat.

The advantage of a tankless water heater is that hot water is not left on standby; but rather, it is produced on the spot when needed as the pipes are heated by either electric coils or a powerful gas burner. Efficiency is increased by 50% as less energy is lost with the hot water traveling a small distance relative to that of hot water standing by in a tank. This can result in around $170 savings each year for an average home.

The downside to tankless water heaters is that they produce much less hot water than their counterparts. Depending on the size of your home, hot water may be in short supply if multiple appliances are in use.

Contact Eaton’s Home Care (604) 771 – 2024 for water heater consultation and service in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Surrey, Langley, North Vancouver, and Vancouver.