Drowning in High Water Heating Costs?

Hot water is essential for occupant comfort and, in many cases, business operations, but water heating costs can drain your budget in a hurry. So, what can be done to stem the flow of wasted energy without compromising comfort and productivity? Start by reducing hot water demand through low-cost conservation measures. Next, consider upgrading to high-efficiency water HEATING EQUIPMENT.

Key Points

  • Hot water is essential to homes and businesses, but the costs can be significant.
  • Reduce hot water demand with low-cost operational and maintenance measures.
  • If your water heater is older or in need of repair, replace it with a new energy-efficient model.

More than just a drop in the bucket 

Reduce hot water demand and increase equipment efficiency with these low-cost maintenance and operational measures:

  • Reduce the hot water temperature to 120°F for safe cleaning and laundering.
  • Install low-flow shower heads and aerated faucets to reduce the amount of hot water used for showers and hand-washing.
  • Repair leaks. Dripping faucets and leaks in water-using equipment wastes gallons of water per day, along with the energy that is consumed heating that water.
  • To reduce heat loss, insulate all accessible hot water pipes starting at the water heater.
  • Often, facilities circulate hot water to speed up delivery upon demand. This wastes energy. Turn off circulating pumps on nights and weekends when your facility is not in use.
  • For facilities with kitchen or laundry operations, only operate clothes washers and dishwashers when they are fully loaded. Wash clothing or fabrics on a cold or warm cycle if possible.

Upgrade and save

If your water heating system is at least 10 years old or in need of repair, consider upgrading to one of these energy-efficient technologies:

  • Heat pump water heaters use electricity to move heat from one place to another instead of generating heat directly. These systems pull heat from the surrounding air and dump it into a tank to heat the water. Heat pumps are two to three times more efficient than conventional units. Commercial kitchens and laundry areas are good applications for this technology.
  • Tankless water heaters eliminate the standby losses of traditional tank units by heating water on demand. They are typically at the point of use and are most effective in areas with varying usage, such as break rooms or employee restrooms.
  • SOLAR WATER HEATERS capture renewable energy from the sun. These systems have improved significantly in recent years and make economic sense. They are available in a variety of configurations that are suitable for different climate zones and applications. While solar water heaters can generally meet summer demand; a supplemental water heater may be required in winter.
  • Heat recovery water heaters capture waste heat from cooling and refrigeration systems, or processing equipment, to HEAT OR preheat water. Heat recovery is most effective in facilities with high hot water demand, such as hotels and restaurants. Waste heat temperatures must be high enough to serve as a useful heat source.

When selecting water heating equipment, look for the ENERGY STAR label. ENERGY STAR certified water heating equipment uses less energy than standard models.

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