Water Heating Overview

Water heating can account for 14%–25% of the energy consumed in your home. You can reduce your monthly water heating bills by selecting the appropriate water heater for your home or pool and by using some energy-efficient water heating strategies.

Here you'll find the following information:

Selecting a New Water Heater

You have a lot to consider when selecting a new water heater for your home. You should choose a water heating system that will not only provide enough hot water but also that will do so energy efficiently, saving you money. This includes considering the different types of water heaters available and determining the right size and fuel source for your home.

Types of Water Heaters

It's a good idea to know the different types of water heaters available before you purchase one:

Selection Criteria

When selecting the best type and model of water heater for your home, you also need to consider the following:

Energy-Efficient Water Heating

To lower your water heating bills, try one or more of these energy-saving strategies:

  • Reduce your hot water use

  • Lower your water heating temperature

  • Insulate your water heater tank

  • Insulate hot water pipes

  • Install heat traps on a water heater tank

  • Install a timer and use off-peak power for an electric water heater

  • Install a drain-water heat recovery system

If you haven't already, you can save energy and money by installing a new, more energy-efficient water heater in your home.

Also, see how to read residential electric and natural gas meters to help you monitor your efficiency efforts.

Swimming Pool Heating

Heating a swimming pool can consume a lot of energy and add up to high heating bills. You can improve your swimming pool's heating and energy efficiency by doing the following:

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