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Do Water Heaters Waste Electricity?

Do Water Heaters Waste Electricity?

Disclosure:  This is not a sponsored post.  There are no affiliate links included in this post.  All thoughts are my own and no other.  This post is now in the guidelines of the FTC.

Water heaters don’t get that much attention on social media, and elsewhere like other home
appliances. They are what we would call, low profile, but is it?

The importance of a water heater hits us when it malfunctions – we can’t live without hot water.
It is then that you start running from one store to the next, in search of a decent replacement, like
your life depended on it.

If you are short on savings and have to wait for a period to accumulate sufficient amounts for a
desirable heater, you may notice a considerable drop in your electricity bills.

The expert advice at the US Department of Energy estimates that water heating accounts for up
to 18% of our power bills. That makes choosing the right heater, a matter of critical importance,
if you want to also make savings on power bills – of course, you do!

The Different Types of Water Heaters
There are different varieties of water heaters on the market, and they do not operate the same
way. The heaters vary regarding electricity consumption, and you may find one is more energy-
efficient than the other.

    1. Conventional Storage Water Heaters
These are the most common and the cheapest you will find. The standard water heaters utilize an
electric or gas flame to heat the water.
Typically, gas heaters are much cheaper, in the long run, than electric heaters. But the former has
a higher initial cost, than the electric varieties. The average lifespan of standard water heaters is
about 15 years.

    2. High-Efficiency Water Heaters
The name pretty much tells you what they are all about – highly efficient. High-Efficiency (HE)
storage water tank heaters are ideal for those looking to reduce their water heating expenses
considerably. You will find both electric and gas models.
The majority of gas-fired units come with an EF number – the Energy Factor number assigned
by the department of energy. The higher the EF number, such as above .62, the more energy
efficient they are. Energy Star certifies those above .67 as they use up to 20% less energy than
their counterparts.

If you want an energy efficient electric model, you will need a hybrid or a heat pump, which is
pricier than the HE gas-powered unit. An Energy Star electric model is a lot more expensive than
their standard storage water heater counterpart but more energy efficient – they are more than
65% more energy efficient.

water heaters
Automatic water heater in the bathroom

    3. Tankless Water Heaters
These are the latest on the market and are growing in popularity. The tankless water heaters heat
water as needed, and like their counterparts; they are gas, as well as electric-powered models.
As you can imagine, the gas models are more energy efficient than the electric but have a more
upfront cost. Specifically, propane-powered are much more efficient than the other tankless
heaters. They heat quickly and are ideal for larger households.

But the electric varieties are cheaper, easier to install and operate. However, they are much more
expensive, in the long run, compared to the gas-powered tankless water heaters.

Disclosure:  This is not a sponsored post.  There are no affiliate links included in this post.  All thoughts are my own and no other.  This post is now in the guidelines of the FTC.


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