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Wrap up your water heater to save on costs

Couple Bundled Up In the Snow

When it starts getting colder outside, your appliances are going to need to start bundling up too. Just like you wrap yourself in a blanket when the temperatures start to drop, you should consider doing the same for your water heater to help it not only perform better, but to also make the unit more energy efficient.

The American Council for Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a research group that explores ways to make homeownership more cost-effective, found that energy bills can be reduced anywhere from 4 to 9 percent when homeowners provide proper insulation for their water heaters.

Because most of these appliances are found in basements of homes, when the ground freezes during the winter, these subterranean spaces develop a terrible chill. As the saying goes, hot air rises while cold air sinks, meaning your hot water heater will need a lot of help performing come winter.

A fiberglass insulated blanket for your hot water heater is estimated by the ACEEE to cut heat loss by anywhere from 25 to 40 percent when temperatures dip below freezing.

These products are extremely easy to install only requiring that a homeowner to wrap the blanket around the hot water heater exactly like they would a loved one. The blanket resembles regular fiberglass insulation you would use in your walls but is made out of a finer fiberglass to make it easier to handle and softer to the touch.

Best of all, a hot water heater blanket is extremely inexpensive, costing roughly $30, and can be found at almost any home store.

Before your utility bills go up because you didn't take proper precautions going into winter, make the small investment of sealing your hot water heater. This will put money in your pocket leading up to the holidays that you can spend on gifts for your family and loved ones.

About John C. Flood
At John C. Flood, we are committed to a standard of excellence and quality that no other Washington, D.C. water heater service can offer. With more than 100 years experience providing the Arlington, VA plumbing, air conditioning and electrical contracting, we have unmatched skill and expertise satisfying our many Washington, D.C. area customers.

We also offer energy saving Management Plans that will save customers on utility expenses in the long run. We are open seven days a week and offer customers regular rates no matter when they need us to stop by their home or business.