In our efforts to help you save power in the biggest ways possible, one aspect of your household that seems to get constant attention is the hot water heater. That’s because, to put it simply, the hot water heater is an energy hog and doing whatever you can to make it a little more frugal living friendly in how it operates will undoubtedly save you money.
Today’s tip is all about removing the sediment (or mineral deposits like calcium) that get left behind in the hot water heater’s storage tank. These deposits can form a layer along the heating element which makes the transfer of heat to the water less efficient and costs you more money.
Then, the sediment can also cause your tank to overheat and, over time, the protective lining that’s meant to extend the life of your tank can be destroyed.
All you need to do to make the tank a little more conducive to frugal living is to drain the hot water heater occasionally. This will remove the sediment and keep your tank in good working order.
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