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Cool Cat Plumbing: Hot Facts About Water Heating

Hey y’all, Cool Cat coming back to you with some hot facts about water heating. Being in the know is always a cool thing!

* A typical household spends $400-$600 every year just heating water. This averages out to be about 14-18% of your monthly utility bill.
* A typical American household uses an average of 64 gallons of water every day.
* In general, the lifespan of a water heater is 10-15 years. Regular maintenance increases this lifespan. (That’s cool!)
* There are lots more options for powering your water heater than most people realize. Depending on availability in your area, water heater power sources can include electric, natural gas, propane, fuel oil, solar and geothermal energy.
* There are more types of water heaters available than most people realize too. You can choose from standard storage tank, tankless, heat pump, solar or tankless coil & indirect.
* Standard storage tank water heaters are still the most common type. You can extend their lifespan by replacing your anode rod when necessary–if your water starts to smell strange, you’re probably overdue for a replacement.
* How often you should check if your anode rod needs replaced depends on the type of water you have. If you have hard water, check the anode rod every 3-5 years. If you have soft water or problems with acidic water in your area, check the anode rod every year or two at most. Hint: The cats over at Carolina Cool can take care of this for you!

Looking for ways to reduce your water heating costs? Cool Cat’s got you covered with these cool tips!
1. Turn down the thermostat on your water heater to 120 degrees.
2. Wash laundry in cold water.
3. Make sure any water-using appliances you buy in the rest of your house are Energy Star Appliances.
4. Fix leaks right away. Even a tiny leak can take big cash out of your wallet.
5. Install insulation around pipes and water heater tank to prevent unwelcome temperature fluctuations.
6. Keep on top of water heater maintenance to keep it running as efficiently as possible.

Who knew there was so much to know about water heating? Now you have all the hot facts you need to save cash on your utility bill and impress your friends and neighbors with your water heater knowledge. That’s cooooool!