Reports suggest that residents in South Australia will soon face the most expensive energy bills in the world, with the rest of the country not far behind. With this in mind, you should do everything you can do to cut your energy bills, and one of the easiest way to do this is to make a few changes to how you use and maintain your water heater. Below is a guide to 4 things you can do to help cut your energy bills.
Have the water heater serviced
With use, the pipes, tank and hoses which make up your water heating equipment can become blocked up with rust and sediments. This buildup can make the system inefficient. Warning signs that your water heater needs servicing are strange sounds or the formation of rust on the outer surface of the heater. A plumber will be able to flush the tank to remove any sediments.
Change the way you run your bath
When you run a bath, you should not leave the hot water tap running for minutes and then try to cool down the bath to the desired temperature by adding cold water. Instead, you should fill the bath with a shallow pool of cold water and then add a little bit of warm water. You should then add more cool water before topping it up. By repeating this process, you will be able to attain water which is just the right temperature without heating lots of water you do not need.
Lower the temperature at which you wash your clothing
Unless the clothes you are trying to wash are extremely dirty or stained, washing in low-temperature water will usually be enough to remove any dirt and to make them smell fresh and clean. Modern detergents are now so advanced that the need for high-temperature water is reduced. Washing your clothes at a lower temperature will also help to prevent them from shrinking.
Repair any leaks in your home plumbing system
You should have the plumbing system in your home inspected by a professional contractor on a periodic basis. A leak within your home plumbing system could result in the loss of hot water as it travels from the water heater towards the tap or appliance which needs it. This lost water will result in your water heater heating an increased volume of water which is never used. Furthermore, a leak in the plumbing system could cause serious damage to your home.
If you would like further advice about maintaining your water heater, you should contact a plumbing service today.