A water heater, whether powered by gas or electricity can add significantly to the energy cost of running a modern home. Even if you cannot afford to buy the latest one (or install solar heating), there are still a number of things that you could do easily and simply to save money.
o Water Heater Blanket – If your water heater feels warm to the touch then its insulation is inadequate, and it will reward you with a saving of between 5% and 9% when you tuck it up nicely for the winter. Make sure to leave cut-outs for access panels, manufacturer’s instructions, thermostats and safety information.
o Insulated Water Pipes – You will be surprised at how much hotter the water is in the taps when you do this simple job. You will achieve the greatest benefit by wrapping the first 10 feet of pipe (if you can reach that far) Use cable ties to attach the insulation to the pipes.
o Fix Leaking Taps – Think about it. Why pay money to heat gallons of water that you throw away. Replacing tap washers is so easy you won’t even need to find a plumber to do the job for you.
o Install a Low-Flow Shower Head – Save up to 75% hot water while still enjoying a satisfactory shower. You will not even need a spanner, but you might need some plumber’s tape.
o Replace Water-Guzzling Appliances – Reduce hot water consumption by up to 50% by installing star-rated appliances. The modern ones are so quiet you can hardly hear them work. Need a tradesman to do the water connections for you – get plumber quotes on Mr-Skill.
Most of these alterations are so simple that you could do them in a single weekend. You are too busy for this because you work in the City? You can find plumbers in London on Mr-Skill too.