Electric Bill Too High? | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

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Electric Bill Too High? | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

A more energy efficient water heater can help lower your electric bill. Billy the Sunshine Plumber can help you choose and install a new water heater.

You spent the morning with the manatees at Homosassa Springs. Then you returned home to your daily chores, which today included paying bills. One of the more distressing bills is your power bill. You try to conserve electricity but somehow, the cost keeps climbing.

Many homeowners are surprised to discover that one of the major – if not the main – contributor to high electric bills is not lights or most appliances. The culprit, according to energy blog arcadia.com, is your likely your water heater.

“Anyone who cares about saving money or cutting their carbon footprint would be smart to look for ways to cut their home’s energy usage. And while it doesn’t sound glamorous, one of the best ways to do that is to replace your hot water heater,” arcadia.com says.

Arcadia.com explains: “Almost every American home has either a conventional gas or an electric hot water heater. Even though the first hot water heaters were invented more than 100 years ago, the design of the hot water heater in your laundry room or basement isn’t much different than the first models designed back in the late 1800s.

“They work in a pretty straightforward way. Electricity or gas heats up a big metal tank full of water and then pumps it throughout your home. But here’s the problem: these water heaters have no way to predict when you’ll need hot water, so they heat water at every hour of the day. That means that even if you’re on vacation or asleep, your hot water heater is heating water.

“As a result, the average American family spends $600 per year and emits about a ton of CO2 to heat up water that for the most part they won’t use. In fact, if our water heaters were a country, their total emissions would be responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire nation of Belgium.”

The solution: Change out your water heater. You have plenty of choices ranging from tankless water heaters to solar-powered water heaters to heat pump water heaters (sometimes called hybrid heaters). The heat pump heater pulls energy from the air to warm water rather than using electricity or gas to heat water.

Each of them has advantages (arcadia.com says the heat pump water heaters may qualify for a federal tax credit, for example) and disadvantages (initial cost).

What’s best for you and your home depends on your goals, your pocketbook and what you’re most comfortable with. A reliable plumber like the Tampa Bay plumbers at Billy the Sunshine Plumber can help you decide and install your new water heater.

Billy the Sunshine Plumber has been the go-to company for plumbing repairs, maintenance and upgrades since opening almost 100 years ago in 1924. Billy the Sunshine Plumber is the trusted plumber of choice in Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties where he is available 24/7/365. Days, nights, weekends, holidays, anytime – Billy the Sunshine Plumber is always here for you.

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