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Natural Gas Water Heaters

Water heating is the second largest energy expense in your home. It typically accounts for about 18% of your utility bill.

There are four ways to cut your water heating bills:

• use less hot water

• turn down the thermostat on your water heater

• insulate your water heater

• buy a new, more efficient model.

 

Tips for reducing your water heating bills

• Install aerating, low-flow faucets and showerheads.

• Repair leaky faucets promptly; a leaky faucet wastes gallons of water in a short period of time.

• Wash your clothes with cold water

• Set the thermostat on your water heater to 120°F to get comfortable hot water for most uses.

• Insulate your natural gas or oil hot-water storage tank but be careful not to cover the water heater's top, bottom, thermostat, or burner compartment. Follow the manufacturer's recommendations; when in doubt, get professional help.

• Insulate the first 6 feet of the hot and cold water pipes connected to the water heater.

• If you are in the market for a new dishwasher or clothes washer, consider buying an efficient, water-saving ENERGY STAR® model to reduce hot water use.

• Drain a quart of water from your water tank every 3 months to remove sediment that impedes heat transfer and lowers the efficiency of your heater. Follow the manufacturer's directions.

 

Long-Term Savings Tips

• Buy a new energy-efficient water heater. While it may cost more initially than a standard water heater, the energy savings will continue during the lifetime of the appliance. Look for the ENERGY STAR® and EnergyGuide labels. You can find the ENERGY STAR label on efficient water heaters in the following categories: high efficiency gas non-condensing, gas condensing, electric heat pump, gas tankless, and solar.

• Consider natural gas on-demand or tankless water heaters, which heat water directly without using a storage tank. Researchers have found energy savings can be up to 30% compared with a standard natural gas storage tank water heater.

CUSTOMER SERVICE

GAS EMERGENCY

1.800.834.2070 or 911

SERVICE QUESTIONS

1.800.834.2070

Natural Gas

Storage Water Heater

0.59 EF

24.4 MMBtu/yr

$256

0.90 EF

16.5 MMBtu/yr

$387

Electric Resistance

Storage Water Heater

Federal Minimum Efficiency Rating (EF)

Energy Consumption (MMBtu/yr)
Energy Cost/yr

Although most water heaters last 10-15 years, it's best to start shopping now for a new one if yours is more than 7 years old. Doing some research before your heater fails will enable you to select one that most appropriately meets your needs.

Activity

Gallons per Use

Clothes Washer

7

Shower

10

Automatic Dishwasher

6

Kitchen Faucet Flow

2 per minute

Bathroom Faucet Flow

0.05 per minute

Daily Average

64

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