Water heating is the second largest energy expense in your home, accounting for 14%-18% of your utility bill. While there are a variety of different types of water heaters, you can reduce your energy costs by properly maintaining or upgrading your equipment.

If your existing water heater is over ten years old, then now is a great time to start researching potential replacements. It is important to choose a water heater that will not only provide enough hot water to meet your needs, but that will also do so energy efficiently. A qualified plumber can help you determine the type of water heater that best meets your needs. Make sure to look for the ENERGY STAR label as well as the EnergyGuide label to learn more about the annual operating costs of the unit.

Did You Know?

Insulating a water heater that is warm to the touch can cut standby heat losses by 25%-45% and save you 7%-16% annually on your water heating bill.

Common Problems

  • Long showers
  • Uninsulated hot water pipes
  • Water heater temperature is set too high

Do-it-yourself: Tips for reducing water heating costs

  • Install a low-flow shower head to reduce the amount of hot water you are using.
  • Insulate any exposed hot water pipes with approved pipe sleeves. Do not insulated any pipes that are within 8 inches of the flue.
  • Set your water heater temperature to 120°F.
  • Consider insulating your water heater with an approved water heater blanket if the tank is warm to the touch. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions when installing the blanket.


Our energy advisors can help you identify ways to make your home more energy efficient and connect you to a qualified trade partner that can complete the work for you.

There is no obligation and because we are a nonprofit, you can count on our advice to be unbiased.

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