Insulate the Water Heater
Somewhere in your basement, there is a monster. This monster constantly sucks up electricity at a higher rate than anything in your home, besides, perhaps, your central air conditioner.
This monster is your water heater. Fortunately, its hunger for power can be limited with a little insulation work.
Insulation keeps things from losing heat, and if your water heater lacks such a covering, you could be wasting a large amount of energy as it constantly works to re-heat the 20 to 60 gallons of water it contains.
Before you do this, however, check your water heater’s paperwork—some heaters can’t be insulated.
Once you verify that it’s safe to insulate your water heater, your first step is to head over to a hardware store like Home Depot or Lowes, and get them to help you locate a water heater insulation kit and some heat-resistant tape.
The process of actually installing your insulation isn’t difficult, but it’s always wise to get the help of someone a little more experienced, so invite your handy-around-the-house friend over, get a little professional help.
A properly insulated water heater can save you money and prevent a needless waste of energy—it’s a great way to go green.