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Earth Month Tip: Insulate your electric water heater

2014 April 26

Improve your water heater’s insulation by wrapping it with an insulating jacket and save more than $30 per year while preventing carbon pollution.

To help keep your hot water from cooling off before it gets to the tap, you can insulate the hot water piping leaving the water heater for additional savings.

And don’t forget to turn off electric water heaters and turn down gas water heaters when going away on vacation!

More tips: http://www.epa.gov/earthday/actonclimate/

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  1. bernie ward permalink
    April 29, 2014

    Hi Live in an apartment building wherby the floors (wood) are emanating heat
    Particulalry when you are barefooted.

    It is most uncomfortable and there are certain times when it feels like the floors are vibrating like pulsations / sounds like loose pipes under my flooors

    can you help? It s a mystery.

  2. Jack permalink
    May 22, 2014

    Hello,
    That tip about wrapping your water heater to reduce your carbon footprint is great! Are there any other easy things I can do around my house to reduce my carbon footprint, and save money?

  3. Michael permalink
    October 27, 2014

    Where I live electricity costs about $0.07 per kWh so a typical electric water heater with no additional insulation might cost about $150 per year. You gave very fine points in your post about this . Thanks for sharing.

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