Saving Energy with your Water Heater Blanket

water heater blanketAre you looking for ways to save energy with your water heater? Tankless water heaters can save you energy, but can often require construction to retrofit in an existing home. If you keep your traditional water heater there are several things you can do to help conserve energy.

When on vacation, make sure you set the heater to the ‘vacation’ setting, which keeps the water much cooler without shutting it off. Electric timers can be used for electric water heaters, but not for natural gas water heaters. These timers turn off the heating element on a schedule, but turn it on in time to heat the water when you need it. If your water heater is in a basement, it will save energy by protecting it from the extreme cold temperatures that are experienced in attics and garages in the winter time. However, changing location of a water heater can be expensive and require plumbing and drywall work. If your gas or electric water heater is in a poorly insulated environment or is warm to the touch (indicating heat is escaping from the tank), you can save energy and money by covering your heater with a water heater blanket. This puts an insulated sleeve around the tank to make it easier to maintain the temperature when the room it is in is cooler. Make sure you read your water heater’s instructions before purchasing a water heater blanket, as some tanks are not compatible with these blankets.

2 thoughts on “Saving Energy with your Water Heater Blanket

  1. Anonymous says:

    I recently put a blanket on my electric hot water heater and the whole family agrees that showers now appear to run colder than before (I.e., you have to turn the handle further to the “hot” setting). I did not change the setting of the heater, it has always been very low. Has anyone else experienced this?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Adding an additional thermal barrier should not affect the amount of hot water coming out. It just increases the recovery rate of the water heater. If you have an electric heater- you may have knocked the element loose.

    Matt Hoots (Matt’s blog) (Hoots contact info) (Matt’s profile)

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