A lot of energy goes into heating water for the home, but there are ways to cut down on that energy expenditure. Read on to learn more about how to find the efficiency of your water heater.

Check Out the Label

Since the late 1970s, water heaters have come with EnergyGuide labels. Those labels are bright yellow and show how much energy certain appliances use. They also show how products compare to others in the same class. This label may indicate that your yearly energy cost is $450, for example, and the cost range of similar models may be between $420 and $490.

If efficiency is important to you and you’re getting ready to have a new water heater installed, check out the list of ENERGY STAR appliances. These appliances meet higher standards and can help you use less energy.

Storage Versus Tankless Water Heaters

Storage water heaters heat up water and keep that hot water in their tanks. It can take a considerable amount of energy to continue heating that water so that it’s ready when you need it. Unfortunately, the tank can experience standby heat loss, which is what happens when some heat escapes to the environment. In contrast, tankless water heaters heat water on demand. For example, if your shower is turned on, the water will be heated as it flows through the system. No water will be heated when you’ve turned the shower off. Due to their design, tankless water heaters are more efficient than storage water heaters. This might be something to consider if you’re planning on getting a new water heater.

Here to Help Our Community

Anyone in Bellevue who needs assistance with a water heater can turn to ProMax Water Heaters & Plumbing. You’ll appreciate our upfront and transparent pricing structure as well as our satisfaction guarantee. We employ licensed plumbers who install, repair, and maintain water heaters in addition to working on faucets, toilets, and main water lines. We have experience with traditional, electric, tankless, and heat pump water heaters. Contact ProMax Water Heaters & Plumbing for an appointment.

Meet Evan Niemela: Owner of ProMax Water Heaters & Plumbing

Evan first started plumbing in 2006, splitting his time 50/50 with commercial and residential work. He has been involved with all aspects of plumbing, and believes that we should be life-long learners, whether with our careers or in life.

When he’s not plumbing, you’ll find Evan looking for a little white golf ball (generally in the woods or long grass), exploring the mountains and trails in the beautiful PNW or spending time with his wife and seven children.

Evan Niemela Owner of ProMax Water Heaters & Plumbing