Your water heater can negatively impact your energy bills. While heating and air conditioning generally drains the most electricity, the water heater is close behind. Let’s examine a few ideas that can help alleviate these expenses. Firstly, insulate your water heater. Blankets and jackets are sold at any home improvement stores. They’re often made of fiberglass, and they help reduce heat loss. Before going to the store, know the amount of gallons that your water heater holds, as well as the height and diameter. In regards to gas water heaters, it might behoove you to contact a professional company to install it. Gas heaters require covering that promotes proper combustion and ventilation. For electric water heaters, you can probably do the job yourself. Just make sure to follow the directions and don’t cover the thermostat. After installing the jacket, cut down the thermostat to 120 degrees to conserve energy. You may also insulate the pipes connected to the water heater to help prevent heat loss in transfer. A timer on your water heater may also benefit you. It can work in conjunction with the jacket to further boost your savings. If you install a timer, you may set the timer to cut on the water heater a few minutes before you return home, or before you get up in the morning. If you don’t have previous experience with timers, you might want the assistance of a plumber or electrician to install the timer. Drain a quart of water from your heater once every three months- this will help remove dissolved solids that may be lurking in the heater. Hard water accumulation can also lower efficiency. Turning down the temp to 120 degrees will help to prevent mineral solid buildup inside the tank. Follow any or all of the above suggestions, and you will see savings on your electric bill. If you are in need of a professional, call Snellville Heating and Air serving Oconee County today.