Maintain Your Water Heater to Conserve Water and Energy

Heating water can be a significant part of your home’s energy bill. Basic maintenance of your water heater, however, will improve its efficiency while saving money and resources. The Kentucky Division of Water offers these energy-saving strategies to reduce your costs and save water.

  • Conserve hot water by fixing leaks.
  • If your water heater is leaking, you need to replace it. Choose an energy-efficient model.
  • Perform the routine maintenance outlined for your particular water heater.
  • Install heat traps on your water heater tank to prevent hot water from flowing out of your tank.
  • Lower the thermostat setting on your water heater to 120° to reduce energy costs and deter mineral buildup and corrosion.
  • Flush sediment from your storage-type water heater periodically to increase storage capacity, prevent noise and improve efficiency.
  • Insulate your water heater with a pre-cut jacket or blanket.
  • Insulate your water pipes, especially within three feet of the water heater.
  • Use cold water whenever possible and install low-flow shower heads and faucets.