Did you know that, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the average American household uses nearly 20 percent of its energy on water heaters? While we reasonably worry about running our air conditioning too much and get annoyed when someone leaves a light on in an empty room, our home hot water generation also affects our energy bills considerably.
Of course, it’s hard to “cut back” on hot water use. Hot water is essential for bathing, cleaning clothes, washing dishes and many other critical purposes. That’s why, at Poore’s Propane and Oil, we suggest investing in a more efficient hot water system. Propane water heaters tend to outperform the competition, in our experience.
A traditional water heater has a storage tank where it heats water for distribution throughout the home. When trying to find the most efficient unit, it’s important to consider how quickly it can replenish the hot water in the tank.
Propane generates more heat energy more quickly than electricity, so propane units can heat roughly double the amount of water per hour than electric models can. This keeps the warm showers flowing with less energy.
When customers come to us looking to upgrade their hot water equipment, we often suggest they change to a propane tankless water heater.
These units don’t store water in a tank but rather use a powerful flame to heat water whenever a fixture or appliance needs it. The flame is calibrated for the amount of hot water required. When properly sized to match your home’s peak “flow rate,” they can produce plentiful hot water on demand. You won’t need to worry about your shower going cold because the dishwasher is also running.
And propane tankless water heaters are fantastically efficient. Traditional water heaters can experience considerable “standby losses” when they reheat unused water in a tank. These losses disappear with tankless systems. In fact. The DOE found that homes with tankless systems are up to 34% more energy efficient than homes with storage-tank units.
This can add up to some significant savings, especially if you’re switching from an inefficient electric unit. The Propane Education & Research Council found that a 2,400-square-foot home could save about $355 per year by switching from a traditional electric water heater to a propane tankless water heater.
You also enjoy a longer service life. Tankless water heaters are less exposed to corrosive particles and can last over 20 years with proper maintenance.
The average lifespan of a traditional water heater is about 10 to 15 years. If your unit is over a decade old, it’s a good idea to start looking at replacements. This will give you the widest possible selection of high-efficiency equipment before your current unit goes out. The Poore’s Propane team helps homeowners in Sussex County and throughout central Delmarva find the best equipment that can improve their hot water generation while lowering their energy costs.
Let us help you upgrade to an energy-efficient propane water heater. Reach out to us today.