Hot water is one of the last comforts that most people would be willing to give up in their homes. We use it for so many different things throughout the house that hot water is really more of a necessity than a luxury. That level of need doesn’t really take the sting out of a particularly high energy bill related to your water heating, though. Why might you be overpaying for hot water? Well, one potential reason is excessive standby energy loss.
You may not know it by name but, if you use a tank water heater, you have definitely experienced some level of standby energy loss. There is a way to eliminate it entirely, but it’s not the right option for everyone. There are other ways to limit it substantially, too. More on all that below. First, let us just remind you that you cannot go wrong when it comes to water heater services in Corona, CA, when you call a Sunny Plumber to do the job.
What Is Standby Energy Loss?
Your water heater has a big tank. Inside that big tank is a whole lot of heated water, right? Right. And you don’t use that heated water all at once. That’s the beauty of the system. The water heater heats water and maintains that hot water for you so that you don’t have to wait for hot water when you do need it.
Therein lies the source of standby energy loss.
Modern water heater tanks are quite efficient. They retain heat quite well. They can’t defeat science, though, and science tells us that heat is always going to move from warmer environments to cooler ones. And the air surrounding your water heater is definitely cooler than the water stored in that hot water tank. That means that some of the heat in that tank, despite that tank’s best efforts, is then going to transfer through the tank and into the air surrounding it.
What Can I Do About It?
Standby energy loss may not sound like a big deal, especially if you typically have all of the hot water that you really need in your home. Consider the fact that you are actually paying for that heat that is going to waste, though, and you see the problem. You’re paying to reheat water that’s lost energy, essentially.
There are a few things to do here. Make sure that you invest in insulation for your water heater tank. Yes, the tank is insulated, but adding some insulation is never a bad thing. Try to install your water heater in an area where the heat reaches, so a particularly chilly installation spot doesn’t compound the problem. And think about going tankless!
Eliminating the tank is the only way to eliminate the problem entirely. Tankless water heaters are expensive and they’re not right for everyone. If you’re interested in boosting efficiency with a system that is going to last a long time, though, it may be the right option for you.