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Friday, November 30, 2007

The Top 10 Ways to Save On Heating Costs

Are high heating costs getting you down? Try these ten sure fire techniques to save money on your energy bill this winter.

1. Switch to a tankless water heater. Save up to 15 to 20% on your water heating bill by switching to a tankless water heaters. Standard water heaters waste energy due to stand by losses and the fact that they are heated hotter than necessary. This makes tankless water heaters a more efficient and cost saving alternative to a standard water heater. Tankless water heaters often have an expected life up to 5 years longer than a standard water heater.

2. Install a solar water heating system. Solar water heaters offer a free source of energy! They are the ultimate in energy efficient heating. Highly efficient solar collectors warm your water, air and swimming pool. This tremendous cost saver is applicable to residential or commercial heating.

3. Keep unused rooms tightly closed to avoid excessive heating costs. Be sure the windows and doors in those unused rooms are tightly closed and well sealed.

4. If the home uses a forced air heating system, simply rearranging the furniture to optimize the flow of heat through the room can result in lower heating costs. Any pieces of furniture that block the vents and returns should be moved. Blocked vents or returns can make the furnace work harder and less efficiently.

5. Raising the humidity level in the home can help the room feel warmer without the need for raising the thermostat. Dry air can also cause health problems, such as increased sinus infections or even asthma attacks. Adding a humidifier to the home can help reduce these health issues while at the same time helping the home feel warmer and cozier.

6. Close any upstairs vents, and make sure all downstairs vents are kept open. Since the hot air rises and cold air sinks, this simple change can help to conserve energy and cut costs.

7. Have a thorough furnace and heating inspection done every year. The simple step of having the heating system inspected can be a real money saver, and catching problems early can result in lower repair costs and lower heating costs as well.

8. It is also a good idea to check the duct system every few years. Leaks and damage in the duct system could result in significant energy loss, and plugging those leaks is a great way to save energy and money.

9. Be sure to take full advantage of the power of the sun when the weather is nice. Opening the curtains and blinds on sunny days will help to heat the room at no cost to you, and that heat during the day can reduce the need for additional heating once the sun has gone down.

10. Consider adding a programmable thermostat to the home. A new programmable thermostat can make it easier and simpler to maintain the home at the desired temperature, while at the same time helping to reduce energy usage and keep the home more comfortable.

If you are interested in learning more about energy efficiency and affordable heating solutions, then please see the heater-store.com information about solar water heaters and tankless water heaters.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Join the Tankless Water Heater Revolution

Tankless Water Heaters are more efficient than traditional water heaters because they provide instantaneous heat on demand only. Since a tankless water heater heats water only when necessary, they do not experience standby energy losses like a traditional water heater. If you spend a signifcant time away from home and have a traditional hot water heater, then you are wasting money to heat your water while away. On average, a tankless water heater can heat more gallons of hot water per minute than a traditional water heater. The disadvantage to a tankless water heater is that it may become maxed out if more then one source is drawing hot water at the same time. For example, if two seperate showers are running, there may not be enough water heated. To overcome this, it's possible to install more than one tankless water heater.

Tankless, or demand, water heaters have long been fixtures in Europe and Japan. With the new push in the United States toward more energy efficiency, these water heaters are becoming more popular. Instead of constantly using energy to heat a large tank of water as conventional water heaters do, these tankless models heat water on demand and offer an endless supply of hot water to the home. Like most things, there are some problems with this technology, but with a little research, the tankless heater it is a valuable option for today’s household.

Most of us are familiar with the shortcomings of conventional water heaters. They use more energy in a household than anything except heat and air conditioning. By heating water 24 hours a day, whether it is being used or not, tank water heaters are a constant energy drain. In most homes, you must limit the amount of hot water-using appliances that are running at any given time. The horror of having someone turn on the dishwasher while you are in the shower is a scenario that is familiar to many. Tankless water heaters solve many, but not all, of these problems.

Many manufacturers offer tankless water heaters in either a gas or electric model. Gas models have a higher flow rate, delivering more hot water at one time, but cost more in energy to keep the pilot light lit. Both gas and electric models run the same way. Cold water is delivered through a pipe to the small, wall-mounted unit. A heating element heats the hot water as it flows through at a rate of 2-5 gallons per minute. Because there is no tank to empty, the amount of hot water flowing through the tap is limitless. Placing the unit closer to the point of use can increase both the efficiency and speed that the hot water is delivered.

Tankless water heaters are available in electric, propane and natural gas fueled models. Gas powered water heaters will require some venting through a wall or roof. In general, the lifespan of a tankless water heater is longer than a traditional water heater and can be extended even further with maintenance and replacement parts. Start saving energy and cost today with tankless water haters. Heater-store.com offers a great selection of tankless water heaters.
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