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Tankless water heaters increase energy savings

You may not give much thought to your hot water other than when you run out of it, but the California Energy Commission estimates that 25 percent of your home energy dollar goes into providing hot water for your house. When you consider how much you spend each year on electricity, natural gas or any combination of the fuels necessary to keep your home operational, 25 percent can be a significant amount, and reducing those costs could provide substantial savings. Energy efficient tankless hot water heaters may be able to save you 10 to 20 percent on your water heating costs.

Traditional hot water heaters

Traditional water heaters use electricity or gas to maintain heated water in a large storage tank. Even when hot water isn't needed you're spending energy dollars to maintain the temperature of the water in the tank, and -- depending on the size and style of your home -- you may have to allow your water to run before hot water reaches your faucets. There are traditional water heaters available today that can provide much more energy savings than older units due to improved technology and insulation methods, but even they may not be as energy efficient as modern tankless hot water heaters.

Tankless hot water heaters

Tankless hot water heaters do not use a storage tank and only heat water as you need it. They use gas or electricity to operate and are available as whole house units which are small enough to be located in a closet or as supplemental units for specific locations. Gas units must be located in areas where they can be vented. A few advantages of using a tankless water heater:

  • They can reduce water heating costs by not using energy to heat stored water
  • Tankless water heaters can last longer than traditional units
  • You can have immediate hot water at your faucet; no more wasted water
  • Units are small and can fit just about anywhere

While tankless hot water heaters can provide you with substantial energy savings, there are a few considerations to keep in mind. Gas fueled tankless water heaters may use a pilot light that can use energy even when the water isn't running, and units are sized by the amount of hot water they can supply per minute. If you have a large family that may use a lot of hot water at the same time, you should choose a large unit capable of handling the demand, or several small units. Tankless water heaters can also be more expensive to purchase than traditional units, but the difference may be returned in energy savings.

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