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Published On: 10 August 2020Categories: Latest News, Water Heaters

COVID-19 has led to the loss of millions of jobs in Canada. Beyond that, the economy in Alberta, in particular, has been hit hard. With so many Calgarians feeling the pinch as we go into autumn, it’s no surprise that some folks are nervously looking ahead at how they can save money this winter. Fortunately, there are quite a few ways savvy Canadians can save their money. Plastic screens can be installed over windows to improve efficiency. The furnace can be turned down a few degrees and family members can depend on cozy sweaters and blankets a little more. Another place you can save money is by increasing the efficiency of your hot water tank.

Insulating Pipes work by helping to keep water hot upon delivery. As water travels from your hot water tank through your house and to your faucet or showerhead, it can lose a lot of heat. This means it takes longer for hot water to be delivered to your hands and that the water is less hot than it potentially could be. By using high-efficiency insulation around your hot water pipes, you’ll notice a difference. Your water should come out 2°F–4°F (1°C—2°C) hotter. If you don’t need hotter water at your faucet, you can reap savings by turning your water heater down a couple degrees.

Wrapping the Tank.

Another way to save money on your hot water tank is to wrap it. Wraps are sort of like a blanket or a coat for your hot water tank. They help to keep the heat in and the cold out, so you burn less gas (or use less power) to keep the water hot. These wraps are typically quite affordable (under $100), and they’re a long-time investment. A good wrap should easily live as long as your hot water tank.

High-Efficiency Faucets and Showerheads.

As hot water comes out of your tank, it needs to refill and warm up new cold water. For this reason, reducing how much hot water you use will reduce how much energy is spent heating new water. Obviously, the most efficient way to reduce hot water usage is to switch to cold water. For laundry, this is a great option, but switching to cold is simply not going to work for most of us when it comes to showering, for example. Instead, high-efficiency faucets and showerheads are two of the best, easiest, and most affordable ways to reduce how much hot water you’re using. Your friendly Calgary plumbing team at Plumbing Paramedics can help you determine the best high-efficiency showerhead or faucet for your home, and we can install them for you if you require some assistance.

We’re sorry to hear that so many Calgarians have been struggling due to COVID-19 and the hurting Albertan economy, but we hope this article has given you some ideas on how to save some money in your home this winter.

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