When selecting a new water heater for your home or business, you’ll have much to consider. It’s my recommendation that you don’t make your decision solely on cost. Here are a few things to consider when determining your choice.
- Is your water heater energy efficient? You may pay slightly more for an energy efficient heater but in the long run, you’ll save on energy cost and more than make up for the extra cost. Selecting the right size is critical. Do you take showers or baths? How many gallons of water does your bathtub hold? What is your family size? These are all questions you’ll need to ask yourself when choosing a new heater.
- What is your fuel source, electric, natural gas, solar or propane?
- Consider maintenance and installation cost.
- Does your new appliance carry the Energy Star® label?
- Check for local rebates
An Ounce Of Prevention is Better Than Pound of Cure.
Keep in mind that your gas or electric heater will account for 14 – 18% of your energy cost. The average household will use 64 gallons of water per day. So making the right choice on your heater will not only benefit your pocketbook but will also help the environment. An estimated 27 million households have heaters that are more than ten years old. When it comes to your water heater an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. We rarely think about technology when it comes to our appliances, but the advancements in energy costs and water savings are staggering. Start your research now before your water heater breaks down, the environmental protection agency has done most of the homework for you. If your water heater is more than 10 years old it’s time to replace it with a more efficient one. Energy Star® Certified Water Heater
A good place to start is with an Energy Star® certified water heater. The Energy Star® label will assure you that you’re purchasing an energy efficient product. Energy Star is the standard for energy efficient products. Created in 1992 by the Department of Energy and the (EPA) Environmental Protection Agency.