The Heat is On

During the winter months, you may see an increase in your energy costs. While you can't control the cold weather outside, you can make sure your water heater is working efficiently. To help keep these costs as low as possible, keep these three tips in mind.

- Keep your water heater temperature set to 120 degrees or less. Not only will you save money, but this lower setting is safer for your family. You can save up to $25 annually if you use an electric water heater and up to $18 annually for a gas water heater.

- Consider insulating your water heater and hot water pipes. To see if you need insulation, feel them. If they are hot to the touch, you can benefit from some insulation to reduce heat loss.

- If you are looking to replace your water heater, consider a high-efficiency model. While it will cost more than a standard model, you will see payback within 2-3 years for a gas model. Gas water heaters are expected to last 12 years. An electric water heater, with a life-span of 25 years, will see a 10 year payback, making this a smart investment.

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