Water Heating Energy Saving Tips

Energy.gov recently held an online Twitter Chat to discuss energy efficiency and saving tips. Participants asked questions which were then answered by the site’s residential energy efficiency experts.

One JasjeetHanjrah tweeted:

“After home heating and cooling, what is the second largest area of energy consumption in the home, and how can I cut energy use in that area?”

The experts responded:

“Water heating is the next largest home energy load after heating and cooling. The best way to reduce water heating energy use is to ensure your water heater’s thermostat is set to 120 degrees Fahrenheit (you no longer have to set your water heater to a higher temperature to sanitize dishes if your dishwasher has a booster heater). Improvements such as installing low-flow faucets and showerheads, and insulating hot water pipes will also help you save money on water heating. Finally, if the water heater needs to be replaced (water heaters typically last 10-15 years), choose an energy efficient model with a .67 energy factor, or a tankless water heater with a .85 E.F. if you use natural gas as the fuel type. Another option for replacing your water heater is to install a heat pump water heater, which typically uses less electricity to heat water than conventional electric heaters…”

For more savings tips, contact your local energy provider, like IDT Energy in New York.

IDT Energy Suggests an Energy Audit of Household Energy Use

When creating a plan to reduce household expenses on energy, it is crucial to see where most of your energy dollars are going. According to the 2007 Buildings energy Data Book we see the hugest chunk of money spent on household energy goes to space heating, around 31%. energypiechart

When planning  your household usage energy audit you should be sure to:

•    Check insulation in attic, basement walls and exterior walls, floors, ceilings and all those crawl spaces which can lose a lot of heat if not properly insulated.

•    Inspect in your walls, windows, ceilings, doors, lights fixtures, plumbing fixtures and even electrical outlets, for cracks and/or holes which can leak your expensive warm air out into the cold, cruel world.

•    Are your fireplace dampers open?

•    Look for ways to conserve energy use for lighting. Perhaps using occupancy sensors, dimmers and/or timers can help save electricity. Replacing incandescent lights with compact or standard fluorescent bulbs could save you a bundle.

Heat Saving Ideas for the Winter from IDT Energy

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In our last post IDT Energy discussed ways to get the heat into your house in a cost saving manner, such as exposing your home to daytime sunshine, lowering your thermostat and installing a programmable thermostat.

Here are some ideas on how to keep the heat you’ve paid so dearly for to stay inside where it belongs:

  • When is the last time you checked the insulation in your attic? How about your ceilings, exterior walls, basement walls, crawl spaces and floors? Make sure the insulation is adequate for the climate that you live in. New York can have extremely harsh winters, and good insulation can make a huge difference in your heating costs.
  • Check for air leaks around windows and doors, then use caulk and weather stripping to seal them.
  • Be sure to replace the filters on your furnace regularly to keep the warm air flowing into your house efficiently.
  • IDT Energy wishes you and your family a wonderful warm winter in New York.

IDT Energy Says “Don’t Let Your Hot Water Bill Get You in Hot Water!”

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Knowing where all the hot water you use goes is a great first step in starting a savings plan help to get your energy bill under control. IDT Energy suggests that you examine a few of your
simple every day activities which may be using a lot more water than you realize.

Here is a sample of the typical quantities of water used in daily routine activities:

•    Laundry-                       32 Gallons per load of laundry

•    Shower-                          20 Gallons per shower

•    Bath-                                20 Gallons per bath

•    Dishes-                            12 Gallons or water are used per load in an automatic dishwasher

•    Food preparation-     This can typically use about 5 gallons of water

•    Dishes by Hand-          4 Gallons of water are used to wash a sink full of dishes.

IDT Energy Suggests Great Ways to Save on Heating Water

Considering that about 12% of household energy expenditure goes toward heating water, it is a great idea to find ways to save on the use of that precious hot water. Here are some simple yet powerful ideas.

•    Low-flow, aerating faucets and shower heads can save lots of water and the energy it takes to heat that water.shower-head

•    You can waste a surprisingly large amount of water in a short time if you don’t fix leaky faucets right away.

•    Check the thermostat on your hot water heater. Newly installed heaters have factory settings that are probably way too hot. A moderate setting of 120? Fahrenheit is hot enough for the majority of household needs.

•    In addition to insulating your electric hot-water storage tank and/or natural gas and/or oil hot water storage tank, be sure to insulate the first 6 feet of the water pipes which are connected to the hot water heater, both hot and cold.

•    Be sure install heat traps on the water pipes at the water heater, both hot and cold, so that heat loss is reduced to a minimum. If you are purchasing a new water heater, be sure it has built-in heat traps.

Heat Water More Efficiently and Save with IDT Energy

hot-water-heater It takes a lot of energy to get the hot water you need for all your household needs, probably more than you think. For most people about 12% of the money they spend on powering their home is used to heat water, which is typically the third largest household energy expense. It therefore is a smart place to start when looking for places to make cuts in their budget for utilities.

There are basically four strategies to consider when planning to reduce your water heating bills. Those strategies are:

1.    Reduce the amount of hot water you use.
2.    Lower the temperature on the thermostat of your hot water heater.
3.    Efficiently heat and retain the heat by properly insulating your water heater.
4.    Purchase a new water heater which heats more efficiently.

Make the most of NY Energy

If you are in New York or Brooklyn then you must look at New York’s IDT Energy that is a leading Energy Supply Company for the best opportunity for huge savings on all your heating and  energy costs – also  your cooking bills,  gas bills, your electricity bills and other energy related costs will be lowered.

IDT Energy, the leading energy company in New York State, offers you top service and customer care. Furthermore,  IDT Energy cares for our environment and the implementation of  “green” energy.

Natural gas is a sustainable energy that pollutes the environment far less than other energy sources, leading to IDT Energy‘s policy to invest slightly  more in this energy production.