Water heating is the second largest energy expense in most households, accounting for around 12% of the typical energy bill.
If your water heater is more than 10 years old, consider replacing it with a new electric model to save energy and money on bills.
Click below to see if your co-op offers help through water heater rebates, bill credits and more.
Electric vs. Natural Gas
Which is right for your home?
With gas water heater installation, the exhaust must be vented through an opening called a flue. That means installing PVC tubing through your home and out the roof. With an electric water heater, a special outlet or bare wiring is installed — no holes in your roof.
Gas water heaters need at least 6-18″ of ventilation around all sides and top, which means you can’t install the tank in a small closet or crawlspace. An electric tank can be confined in spaces without fear of gas buildup or an explosion.
Because electric water heaters use fewer parts, and those parts are subjected to less direct heat, they can last years beyond the lifespan of a gas water heater.
OTHER TIPS TO SAVE
• Set your water heater thermostat to 120°F.
• A low-flow showerhead can also save up to $145 per year on electricity. Using a low-flow showerhead for your shower can save about five gallons of water over a typical bath.
• Wrap your hot water pipes with insulation to avoid heat loss.
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