Start With An Energy Efficiency Audit

To find out the areas your home is lacking in, start with the one thing that can show you right where to go … a home energy efficiency audit. These audits are performed by professionals to show you where your efficiency can be improved and what it will take to increase its efficiency.

Top 7 Ways To Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Seal The Leaks

Have you ever knelt down by a door or stood in front of a window and received an instant burst of cold? That leak is allowing your heat and your money to escape out into the world. A good place to start is either seal up those cracks and holes or replace your doors and windows with more energy efficient ones. But don’t forget there are other ways into your home too. Is your basement allowing in the cold? How about the attic? In order to improve your home, you’ll need to look at every room in your home.

Insulation

How old is your home? If its more than a few years old, chances are your insulation is inadequate. Studies show that more than half of all homes in America are under-insulated. With today’s technology, there are many ways to fully insulate your home. Start with new insulation in your attic, but don’t stop there. Are your pipes properly protected from the cold? How about your water heater? Is warm air leaking through your roof? There are many places for warm air to escape; an audit can show you where its leaking and how to fix it.

Duct Work

Every home has ducts, a way to carry heat and cooling throughout your home. The EPA also estimates that your duct work is also one of the biggest places in your home that allows air to escape. Be sure to check for leaks regularly and use a duct sealant to shut out and repair leaks in exposed ducts.

Programmable Thermostat

Rather than playing the “up down” game all day as you come and go, rely on a programmable thermostat instead. By programming your temperatures throughout the day, you’ll save an estimated 10 percent on your heating and cooling bills. And its always nice to have a warm home before you get out of bed on a cold, snowy morning.

Replace Old Equipment

In every home, there are always equipment and appliances that you are hoping will hold out one more year. They are also your weakest point. A new heating and cooling system can instantly make your home more efficient. Even replacing an electric stove with a gas line, or upgrading to a gas dryer can make all the difference in the world.

Install A New Water Heater

Heating the water for your home takes anywhere from 15 to 25 percent of the annual energy usage in your home. With that much riding on efficiency, the water heater is a perfect choice for upgrading. In today’s world, you have a variety of choices. While media would have you believe a tankless water heater is best, here in Colorado that isn’t always so. Tankless water heaters have their problems too. We can show you how to improve efficiency using things like recirculating systems and more.

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Why Your Water Heater May Be LeakingYour water heater is an important part of your home, and it plays a big role in your day-to-day life. From washing dishes to cleaning your clothes to taking showers, your water heater is heavily relied on for multiple daily tasks. Like any other piece of equipment in your home, the water heater will need maintenance or even replacement sooner or later. One of the first signs of this is leaking water.

When your water heater leaks water, it is more than just a minor irritation. Even small leaks can lead to detrimental damage to the floors and walls of your home when not attended to, and they can also result in basement flooding problems.

Here are some possible reasons why your water heater may be leaking:

  • The gaskets and valves can wear out. This eventually leads to water leakage under the water heater.
  • There is a fault in the temperature and pressure relief valve. You can flush the pipe to clean debris, but it may be necessary for you to replace the valve. If water is leaking from the threads of the valve then you should remove it and inspect it further.
  • There could be a leak in the storage tank leak. Study the outside and the inside of the tank for small holes or signs of rust. If you see even a single hole in the tank, you need to replace your water heater.
  • There could be leaks in the inlet and outlet pipes. You can either tighten or replace loosely joined flex lines as needed using an adjustable wrench.

Remember, you need to use extreme caution when attempting to fix your water heater yourself since you will be dealing with electricity and water, which can be a dangerous combination. Be sure to turn off the water heater before you attempt to do any work or repairs.

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Every year there are one or two stories in the local news about a family effected by gas poisoning. “That could never happen to me,” is usually the first thing a person thinks when watching a story like this. But could it? Could you become one of the statistics.

The answer is yes.

Can Your Gas Water Heater Be Dangerous? Gas is a poison to the human body. And any time you are working with a gas water heater, or a gas appliance like a stove or a grill, or even a gas forced heat/air system, you are at risk. For example, an improperly installed gas water heater can release gas into the air, putting your family at risk.

While you may have never thought about who you would call in an emergency, keep in mind that your local licensed plumber is also licensed as a gas fitter and knows exactly what to do when working with a gas line.

They can help you move gas lines, install gas lines, and maintain them on a regular basis.

The problem with gas is our senses do not pick up the presence in our homes before its too late. By the time you are facing dizziness, nausea, headaches, or shortness or breath and make your way to the doctor or hospital, its often too late. And in some cases the only way you find out about it is through tragedy … death.

That’s why its vitally important to have a plan in place. Carbon monoxide detectors are a step in the right direction. But most of the monitors you can buy at the local hardware store will only work as well as the installation process. If its not installed in the right places, you’ll still be at risk. And these simple systems are often only designed to warn you once levels reach 70 parts per million. Hard wired systems set to go off at 10 parts per million can provide you with much more security and can give you ample warning to solve a problem long before it becomes something to worry about.

Prevention is the cure. Talk with your local plumber today about installing a hard wired CO detector, and maintaining your gas lines and gas appliances on a regular basis.

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Question:
Is there a way to tell if my water heater is working effectively? It seems as if it takes longer for hot water to make it to my faucets, and then it doesn’t seem to be as warm as it always was in the past. Its been cold outside; does that affect your water heater? Should I adjust the water heater temperature during cold weather to make up for the weather?

Does The Temperature Outside Effect Your Water Heater?Answer:

If you ever have any doubts about the effectiveness of your water heater, its wise to call in a plumber before it goes out completely. Nothing can be worse than waking up to no hot water on a cold winter morning.

When it comes to how a water heater works, cold weather could definitely play a factor in how long it takes to warm up. If you have a water heater set to the temperature of 120 degrees, it will always heat the water to 120 degrees, no matter what the weather is like outside. But because the incoming water will be colder in the winter, it will take longer to achieve the 120 degrees.

Another issue could be that your hot water usage increases during the winter months. Because its colder outside, you could be using more hot water. People often take hotter showers to compensate for the cold temperatures – nothing feels better or warms you up as much as a steady stream of hot water. And when it comes to washing your hands of your face, cold water can be a shock – which is one more reason you let the water run longer waiting for that warm stream to appear.

There are a number of other factors that come into play; your water heater’s age, how well its been maintained, the quality of your water. The more sediment in your water, the greater impact it has on your water heater and making it work harder.

A typical tank water heater lasts 10 to 13 years. If your water heater is approaching this age, it may be time to call in a plumber to find out the life left in it. He can clean it and provide routine maintenance, and give you an estimate as to how much life it has left.

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Your hot water heater is an important part of your everyday life. It is one of those appliances that you do not think about – until it isn’t working!

The History Of Hot Water Heaters

It is hard to imagine living without immediate access to hot water; but people do it every day, and hot water heaters were not always a part of everyday existence. Here are some more interesting facts about the history of hot water heaters!

  • Before hot water heaters, people had to find natural ways to heat water, such as fire and hot springs.
  • It was not until 1889 that Edwin Rudd invented the automatic storage water heater, which is what most of us are familiar with today.
  • In 1896, Clarence Kemp took things one step further with his solar paneled heating. This type of hot water heating utilizes solar panels for heating the water – a popular choice in sunny areas of the world.
  • In 1970, the tankless hot water heater was introduced. This type of heating heats the water with coils as it is needed – no more storage tanks of heated water needed!
  • The heated circulation system was introduced in 1990, providing pre-heated water circulated throughout your home to meet your needs on-demand.

In addition to the history of hot water heaters, here are some other fun facts:

  • 11 – the average lifespan in years of a traditional storage tank heater
  • 64 – average gallons of water used by a person each day
  • 400-600 – the average number of dollars a family spends each year to heat their water

Knowing the history of hot water heaters and some fun facts should help you have a greater appreciation of this most-handy appliance in your home. Without it, you would be stuck using natural resources to heat your water – and no one enjoys heating water on the stove just to take a bath!

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Bigger is better. More is best. Words to live by, right?

But what about when it comes to your water heater? Should you set the temperature to 140 instead of 120? Is more hot water actually better?

The Optimal Temperature Setting On Your Water Heater The Department of Energy recommends that anyone with a tank hot water heater set the thermostat to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. But if you’ve never adjusted the temperature from the time of installation, its probably set to 140 degrees, which is the default setting for most manufacturers.

Why?

Think about it from a manufacturers point of view. As a homeowner, you have a new water heater installed. Once its working, the first thing you want to do is test it. If the heater heats the water up to 140 degrees and you stick your hand in the water flow, you’ll notice the heat. “That’s hot water”, and the manufacturer did its job. It gave you an efficient water heater that’s doing its job very well.

At the same time if they lowered it to 120 – a temperature more in line with what you should set a hot water heater at to avoid scalding, especially with seniors or children in the house – think about the outcome. At 120 degrees, the water is hot, but not too hot. Would you still think the water heater is working at optimal output? Maybe. But you might also question its ability.

A manufacturer isn’t concerned with energy usage. Instead, they want you to be happy with their product. And since their product is producing hot water, more is better in their eyes.

If you turn down your water heater from 140 to 130 degrees, you’ll save between 3 to 5 percent on energy costs. Lower it another 10 degrees to 120, and you’ll save 6 to 10 percent.

Since energy costs for a water heater typically run anywhere from $100 to $200 a year, that’s a savings of $6 to $20 per year. Savings – and the avoidance of scalding hot water hitting you when you least expect it – what could be better than that?

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When people talk about new appliances and energy efficiency, washers and dryers, dishwashers and refrigerators get all the glory. They are in ads every week, and they have an easy time being placed in the limelight. They are front and center in our homes, so they have the opportunity to be put on display.

New Standards For Water HeatersYet one appliance controls them all and ends up taking a back seat when it comes to wanting to replace it – its your water heater. Without it, there would be no hot water to keep your dishes clean or temperate water for your clothing.

Water heaters haven’t changed much over the years. But that’s about to change.

The truth is that hot water heaters can contribute to the energy-efficiency of your home. And the U.S. Department of Energy has proposed new energy conservation standards for hot water heaters in residential homes. They go into effect in April 2015. So what does this mean and how does it affect your home?

What do the new standards entail?

Under the new 2015 standard, storage water heaters with capacities of 55 gallons or bigger will face stricter efficiency requirements than heaters of 50 gallons or less. Under the current standard, a typical 75 gallon gas storage water heater can have an energy factor as low as 53%. Under the 2015 standard, the minimum energy factor for a 75 gallon gas storage tank water heater will be 74%. This will be achieved by using condensing technology.

How do the standards affect large water heaters?

Basically, larger water heaters will be required to have an energy factor of at least 2.057, which is twice the efficiency of a high-efficiency electric storage heater. The new standard could only be met with heat-pump water heaters, instead of the classic electric resistance water heaters. Tankless gas water heaters are to have an energy factor of 82% or greater under the 2015 standards, a number which corresponds to the current Energy Star standard.

Larger appliances also have a natural gas option. This is more efficient that electricity because the energy source doesn’t have to turned into electricity and transported. More than half of water heaters are already using natural gas for power.

As a homeowner, you will not have to change out your water heater by this date. Instead, when you replace it in the future, your water heater choices will have to meet or surpass these standards, giving you greater benefit for energy efficiency within your home.

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Brrrr. It’s the time of year here in Colorado where we get the most varied temperatures. You may wake up to a heavy chill or even frost in the air. A jacket is mandatory if you step outside even for a moment. Then in a matter of hours, you can be enjoying blue skies and a lot of sunshine, feeling like a balmy summer day once again.

Does Cold Weather Impact Your Water Heater?And because of the varied temperatures throughout the day, dipping your hand under the water stream when you turn on the shower can give you a surprise. No more warm water like in the summer – instead you find a steady stream of cold water, and it seems like it takes longer and longer for it to warm to temperature.

But is that the case? Does cold weather really impact your water heater?

Two things come into play with this question.

First, water freezes solid below 30 degrees. Which means overall the water coming into your home will never reach a temperature lower than that. If it does, you’ll have a much bigger problem than your water stream seeming to be a bit chilly.

Second, a water heaters job is to heat the temperature to your requested temperature. If you set it for 100 degrees, it will warm the water to 100 degrees.

Yes, it may seem like the stream of water coming out of the fixture when you first turn it on may be cooler than normal. Factor in that you may be colder and adjusting to the temperature change yourself, which will definitely impact your senses when you put your hand under the water stream.

If your water heater is in good working condition, cold weather will not have an impact on temperature. When you request hot water by turning on a fixture, it will pull water up from the main, through the water heater where it warms the water, and eventually through the plumbing system and out through your fixture. Guaranteed.

If you are looking for an on-demand system that allows you to immediately have warm water at your disposal, you may wish to attach a hot water circulation system to your plumbing. Its an affordable unit that simply attaches to your existing system, and gives you the convenience of having an immediate stream of water whenever you turn on your hot water tap.

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You wake up, step in the shower, and turn on the hot water. Unfortunately, it never gets hot, and you’re standing in a pool of ice cold water. What do you do?

Quick Tips When You Wake Up To No Hot WaterAfter checking the hot water heater and other faucets, you’re faced with the fact that you have no hot water. Calling a plumber for an immediate fix isn’t an option – you have a meeting in less than an hour. Yes, you’ll call the plumber in a while, but that doesn’t solve your dilemma now. What should you do?

Waking up to no hot water is definitely not fun, especially when you need a shower and wash your hair in order to go to work. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to get presentable that don’t require hot water or a lot of time.

Give yourself a quick sponge bath. Sponge baths are great because they take less time than regular baths. Plus, you don’t have to boil a lot of water. Simply boil a half-gallon of water, pour it into a big bowl or your bathroom sink, and add a little soap. Dip a washcloth into the water and quickly sponge yourself off. This is very effective when you’re short on water and time.

Warm a wet washcloth in the microwave. If you literally only have minutes to spare, wet a washcloth and put it in the microwave for one minute. You won’t need a lot of water or time!

Don’t wash your hair. It’s actually good to skip a few days between shampoos because it’s better for your hair. Shampooing strips the natural oils in your hair, so try to aim for every other day. Washing and conditioning your hair takes up a lot of time in the shower, so if you have to take a cold shower, make it as quick as possible. There are also dry shampoos that are available if you can’t wait a day or two between shampooing.

Boil water for a bath. You can always boil water in pots on your stove to draw a bath. Pour about six gallons of boiling water in the tub and top it off with cold water until the temperature is to your liking. A quick fix for today while you wait for the plumber to come and correct the problem.

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Quality 1st Plumbing Repair is a full-service plumbing contractor serving Metro Denver.  We are licensed and insured, and our technicians are professionally trained in the repair and installation of all plumbing systems and fixtures. We are Colorado’s FIRST Licensed and Accredited GreenPlumbers! Visit our website

What would you do if you smelled gas in your home, and everything leads you to your water heater?

The Gas Supply and Your Water HeaterGas appliances, including your gas water heater, can be a great addition to your home … until there is a problem.

There are various reasons why you may need to turn the gas off.

  • The water heater might fail, and you need to replace it.
  • You may suspect a gas leak in your home.

No matter what the reason is for needing to turn off the gas, if you do not know how to do it the right way, you run the risk of injury from an explosion. Taking the time to familiarize yourself with your water heater and the gas supply can save you time and headache – and even injury – in the future.

The first way you can shut off the gas to your water heater is by shutting off the gas at the outside meter. However, this method will shut off the gas to your entire home. If you suspect a possible gas leak, you should shut off the gas to your entire home.

Locate the meter outside of your home, and you will see a valve. When this valve is parallel to the incoming gas line, the gas is turned on. Turn the valve about ¼ of a turn until it is perpendicular to the gas line. The gas to your home is turned off.

If you only need to replace a malfunctioning water heater or perform maintenance on your heater, you will only need to turn off the gas directly to the water heater. Turning off the gas to your water heater is easy. You just need to find the valve for the gas supply line. This is usually located in close proximity to the bottom of your water heater. Locate the gas line that connects to your water heater, and you should see a single handle valve. Often, this valve will be red in color, but your particular valve may be another color, such as black. Locate this valve and turn it in a clockwise direction until you can no longer turn it. The gas to your water heater is now turned off.

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