The hot water system is an indispensable module in residential buildings. These types of elements are responsible for supplying water to the entire house, particularly in the kitchen and shower. Unfortunately, there are significant costs attached to the long-term operation of the hot water system. This can contribute to high monthly expenses, especially when the consumption is combined with that of other systems such as the heating and air conditioning units. Here are some simple guidelines to help you reduce the continuing expenses of hot water system operation.
Choose an Energy-Efficient Heater
There are diverse types of hot water systems in terms of power source, brand and mode of heating. The variety can be confusing but it is critical for you to identify an energy-efficient product when purchasing a replacement heater for your home. Generally, you can purchase a gas or electrical water heater. The gas option is cheaper but the practicality will depend on the availability of the utility. There are instantaneous and hot water storage systems in the market. The instantaneous system will heat water according to the immediate requirements, so it is more economical. If you are interested in investing in a long-term green solution, consider installing a solar heater which will be cheap to run after initial installation.
Reduce Water Flow
Energy is wasted in most homes because of the inconsiderate wastage of hot water. This leads to unnecessarily high operational costs, regardless of the type of system that you have installed. You can cut these expenses by reducing the amount of water used per day in the house. Replace your current water outlet with a low-flow alternative to enhance efficiency. There are efficient flow rate faucets and showerheads. You can also install flow control aerators in taps and flow restrictors in the showers if you do not want to replace your current system.
Insulate Your Hot Water Modules
Heat is lost when flowing through the plumbing system. This makes the system work harder than it should to maintain the set temperature of the water. You can minimise this heat loss, and consequently the expenses, by insulating the hot water cylinder as well as the pipes. The specially-designed wraps can be purchased in local and online hardware stores. However, it is advisable to consult your hot water system installation expert or plumber before choosing the ideal product.
You should monitor the hot water temperature set for your water heating appliance. If you are overheating the water, you are contributing to long-term energy wastage. Turn down the thermostat for increased efficiency.
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