Did you know that an energy-efficient water heater can save you money?
We all know that water heating accounts for about 17% of an average household’s total energy use. And we also know that by embracing eco-friendly water heaters, we can tremendously reduce CO2 emissions and save on energy.
There are many ways to heat water in your home, but here’s a quick summary of some of the most eco-friendly options.
Tankless water heater
A tankless water heater is more energy-efficient than a traditional water heater. It’s also more convenient because it provides hot water on a need-basis.
However, there are some drawbacks to tankless systems that you should be aware of before making your purchase:
Tankless heaters use 40% less energy than traditional systems, making them more cost-effective over time. They also emit 18 percent less greenhouse gases than storage water heaters.
Because these units only heat water when needed (when the tap is turned on), there can be delays between turning on the faucet and getting warm water.
The limited hot water supply is unsuitable for large households because of the scanty hot water supply.
Solar water heater
A solar water heater is an excellent choice for those who are willing to pay a bit more for their water heater. Solar water heaters can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $10,000 or more, depending on the size of your home.
However, they can save you money in the long run because they use free energy from the sun to heat your water instead of using electricity or gas.
The solar panels are highly efficient – they can absorb up to 80% of the sun’s energy.
Be aware that they are only functional in areas with plenty of sunshine and need a rooftop to hold panels.
Condensing water heater
A condensing water heater is a type of water heater that captures the heat wasted through the exhaust pipe and uses it to heat the incoming water.
It’s environmentally friendly and ideal for cooler climates as it’s typically a gas-fuelled water heater.
Condensing water heater is complicated to set up and use because it requires some configurations in gas lines and venting system.
Heat pumps are the most efficient way to heat and cool your home because they can transfer heat from one place to another instead of generating it.
If you have an outdoor pool, for example, you can use your hot water heater to keep it warm with just a little bit of electricity.
As they require electricity to run appropriately, a heat pump is not carbon neutral.
In addition to saving you money, an energy-efficient water heater also benefits your environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions associated with fossil fuels used for heating water.
It is also important to consider how many people you have in your home, their bathing habits, and how often they want hot water.
The size of your tank and the energy source is also crucial in choosing a water heater.
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