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Should I Insulate My Water Heater?

Posted: September 11, 2023

A DIY Guide

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Water heaters are workhorses. And they often get taken for granted. It’s only when one breaks down that most people realize how much they really do. Think about this: You probably use 65 gallons of hot water a day. You need hot water to bathe, wash dishes, do the laundry, and more. Water heating accounts for roughly 20% of most households’ energy costs.

Considering how much water heating can affect the energy bills for your North Carolina home, it stands to reason that you wouldn’t want to heat more water than you need to.

Just like insulating your home, insulating you water heater’s tank is a simple and inexpensive way to improve its energy efficiency. You’ll see the savings on your bill each month.

Especially if you have an older water heater, check the R value of your water heater’s insulation. It should be at least 24. If you’re not sure of the R value, touch the tank. If it’s warm to the touch that means the water in your tank is losing heat (standby heat loss) and you’d benefit from insulating your tank. Adding insulation to your water heater could reduce standby heat loss by as much as 45% and save you up to 16% in water heating costs. You should make the money back you spend on insulation materials in a year or less.

Tips for Insulating Your Water Heater

The following steps and tips for insulating your water heater come from the US Department of Energy.

Before you begin…

If you’re going to insulate your water heater yourself, get a friend or family member to help. The job requires two sets of hands.

What you’ll need…

How Do I Insulate My Water Heater?

Here are the steps to follow when insulating you water heater:

  1. Turn off your water heater. If it’s an electric water heater, turn off the breaker at the electric panel.
  2. Measure your water heater’s height.
  3. If necessary, cut the blanket to fit.
  4. Wrap the blanket around the tank and temporarily tape in place.
  5. Use a marker to indicate where the controls are so you can cut the blanket to accommodate them.
  6. Install the blanket.
  7. Turn the water heater back on.

Choose Cherry Energy

Prefer not to worry about standby energy loss? Upgrade to a tankless water heater. Cherry Energy is here to help you enjoy the efficient comfort of a propane tankless water heater. We perform every water heater installation quickly, neatly, and safely. Just visit us in person or check out our online showroom to find the water heater that’s right for your household.

Contact Cherry Energy today to learn more about propane tankless water heaters.