Energy Costs Continue To Rise
Energy costs have risen significantly in the past 30 years, with the most dramatic spike in cost happening in the last decade. Clearly, this is not a reversible trend, which raises the question of how we adjust accordingly?
One of the best places to start saving is with your water heater. They are an integral part of keeping your home running smoothly and are a main source of energy consumption, especially your water heater. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, your water heater is generally the third largest energy expense in your home.
So what can you do? The problem that many families face is that new water heaters, especially those that are energy efficient, are expensive to purchase and install. If you are trying to hold on to your current heater for a bit longer, reduce energy by installing low-flow faucets and shower heads, checking for leaks regularly and insulating your tank.
If those steps aren’t helping, perhaps the Water Heaters Plus Water Care Service Program is the right step. We cover the cost of the new appliance, all installation fees, and any repair or replacement fees that might arise. You are responsible for a low monthly lease rate and can begin saving energy immediately.
Are you at Risk for Legionnaires’ Disease?
The CDC describes Legionnaires’ disease, which derives its name from a major outbreak at an American Legion convention, as having symptoms similar to pneumonia, including fevers, chills and coughs. Although the disease is not well-known, a recent trend in energy-consumption is giving the Legionella bacteria more room to grow.
One of the most commonly-heard methods of lowering your energy bill is to reduce the temperature of your water heater to 120 degrees. True, this does save energy and money. However, 120 degrees is also prime growth temperature for Legionella, increasing your family’s risk of infection.
The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends that domestic water heaters are kept at 140 degrees to prevent bacteria growth. Keep in mind that this temperature can be dangerous if you have young children in the home, so prevent accidental burns by installing a scald guard.