Is your water heater is located in a garage, basement or other space that isn't air conditioned? Insulating your water heater tank with an insulation blanket is an easy way to save energy and lower your bill each month.
Energy.gov estimates that you can save up to 7%-16% annually.
If you have an older hot water tank, check to see if it has insulation with an R-value of at least 24. If you don't know your water heater tank's R-value, touch it carefully. A tank that is warm to the touch needs additional insulation.
Safety Note: Don’t set the thermostat above 130ºF on the electric water heater with an insulating jacket or blanket – the wiring may overheat.
Rob Ford is Tipmont and Wintek's communication director, a role he's held since 2015.
Rob has a bachelor's and a master's in Communication from Purdue University. He lives in West Lafayette with his wife and three children and has a life-sized Yoda statue in his office. Away from the office, you’ll find Rob working on his golf swing, jump shot, or hope for a Purdue basketball national title – all futile endeavors.