Water heaters are essential appliances in modern homes. Providing hot water for bathing, cleaning, cooking, and more. However, choosing the right water heater can have a significant impact on your energy bills and environmental footprint.

In this blog post, we will explore some tips for selecting the best water heater for your needs and maximizing its efficiency.

Understanding Your Options

There are several types of water heaters available, each with its own pros and cons. Traditional tank water heaters store hot water in a large tank, while tankless water heaters heat water on demand. Heat pump water heaters extract heat from the air to warm the water, and solar water heaters utilize the sun’s energy. If you understand the differences between these options, you may choose the one most suitable for your lifestyle and hot water needs.

Consider Energy Efficiency

When selecting a water heater, prioritize energy efficiency over initial cost to reduce your utility bills and minimize your environmental impact. Look for models with a higher Energy Factor (EF) rating, which indicates how efficiently they convert energy into hot water. Energy Star – certified water heaters typically offer superior efficiency and may qualify for rebates or incentives.

Sizing Your Water Heater

Choosing the correct size water heater is crucial for efficiency and comfort. A water heater that’s too small may struggle to meet your hot water demands, leading to frequent cold showers or dishwashing delays. Conversely, an oversized water heater wastes energy by heating more water than necessary. Consult with a licensed plumber to correctly gauge your needs.

Insulate Your Hot Water Lines

Insulating your hot water lines in your home can help reduce heat loss as hot water travels from the water heater to your faucet and appliances. This simple and inexpensive upgrade can improve the efficiency of your water heater, especially if your pipes run through unheated areas such as crawl spaces.

Practice Water Saving Habits

Conserving hot water not only reduces your energy bills but also prolongs the life of your water heater. Take shorter showers, fix any water leaks promptly, wash full loads of laundry, and use cold water whenever it is possible. Installing low flow shower heads is also a way to further reduce excessive hot water usage without sacrificing comfort.


By selecting an energy-efficient water heater, sized correctly for your household, practicing water saving habits, and scheduling regular routine maintenance, you can maximize the efficiency and longevity of your water heater. Ready for a new water heater? Schedule an appointment online or give us a call at (855) GET-ENGLE