Your hot water heater comes in handy when it comes to taking comfortable showers, cleaning the dishes and washing clothes. It can also add a lot to your energy bill. Fortunately, there are more efficient ways to use your hot water heater that will save you money in the long run.

There are four basic steps everyone can take to increase the efficiency of their hot water heater.

  1. Add insulation to the hot water heater.
  2. Buy a hot water heater that’s more efficient.
  3. Lower the setting on the water heater thermostat.
  4. Don’t use as much hot water.

When adding insulation to a gas hot water heater, you might want to consult an experienced professional. There are certain areas that shouldn’t be covered with insulation. The thermostat, the top and bottom ends, and the compartment for the water heater’s burner should not be covered with insulation. The first 6 feet of the pipes that come from the water heater can also be insulated to improve efficiency.

With technology constantly advancing, newer hot water heaters have become more efficient. Manufacturers know that customers want lower energy bills. It might be that your hot water heater is too old. Compare the one that you currently use to some of the newer models that are available to find out if you can save money in the long run by buying a new one.

Is the water hotter than what it needs to be? In some cases the thermostat setting on hot water heaters is set too high. Consider lowering the thermostat setting a little if it’s set to a temperature that’s higher than what you’ll actually need.

Using less hot water will help considerably when it comes to lowering your energy bill. That means less time in the shower. Consider using the cold water setting on your clothes washer more often and don’t leave any water running while shaving or when washing the dishes. You’ll use less hot water if you fill the sink with water instead.

Additional Considerations

Does your hot water heater have heat traps? Newer models usually do, but heat traps can also be added to older hot water heaters.

With the passing of time, sediment from the water builds inside the tank. That can interfere with the heat transfer. Draining about 1 quart of water from the tank after every 3 months of use can significantly reduce this buildup of sediment.


Dripping faucets and pipes will also waste water that’s hot or cold. Check the faucet ends daily when the water is turned off to see if it’s dripping. Check the water pipes on a regular basis also to see if there are any that water is dripping from. When checking the pipes, pay close attention to areas where pipes are joined together. Repairing dripping faucets and pipes quickly will save money.

For all your hot water tank service needs in Toronto, contact City Gas Company today.