Hot Hot Heat
High-efficiency choices for heating your home’s H2O
The term high efficiency typically appeals to our pursuit of products that show quality, speed and effectiveness. It also speaks to goods that are kind to the environment, or at least kinder than their predecessors were.
When it comes to water heaters, there are a number of ethical choices. Did you know that warming up your at-home water supply comprises nearly 20 per cent of your home’s energy use? Heating your water supply ranks second, albeit a distant second, to the amount of energy used to heat your home, which clocks in at 63 per cent.
Did you know that warming up your at-home water supply comprises nearly 20 per cent of your home’s energy use?
While the natural thing is to replace your broken down water heater with the exact same model, you should also consider the numerous water heater options that are on the market.
Next to the standard storage model, there are tankless or on-demand, heat pump models, and those that are solar-assisted.
In addition, there are different kinds of fuel – electric, natural gas, propane and oil.
Storage or tank water heaters, the most commonly used appliances, are also the most inefficient. That’s because anywhere from 20 to 80 gallons of water are kept hot and ready to use at all times. That sucks a good amount of energy. Insiders call this energy-out-of-the-window formula ‘standby losses.’
Demand, or tankless water heaters, are a good alternative because the supply of hot water is made on demand or as needed. As a result, standby losses are eliminated.
Heat pump water heaters transfer energy from the air to water in the storage tank.
Demand, or tankless water heaters, are a good alternative because the supply of hot water is made on demand or as needed
Solar water heating is another option. While the initial costs are high with this choice, the long-term costs of operating a solar water heater can save you up to 90 per cent.
There are plenty of options to consider when investing in a high-efficiency hot water tank. What you ultimately choose depends on your budget and needs.
ELDEN FREEMAN M.E.S., AGB, is the founder of the non-profit organisation, The National Association of Green Agents and Brokers (NAGAB). Mr. Freeman is also Broker of Record at Freeman Real Estate Ltd. FREEMANREALTY.COM