Although the water bill you receive for your Gilbert, AZ home may seem low, it might be causing your electricity bill to be extremely high. That’s because some aspects of your plumbing use up costly energy. Your water heater is likely the main culprit. A plumber might suggest switching to a tankless heater, but as with most changes in the home, there are pros and cons:
Pro: Less energy wasted
A traditional water heater is a tank that holds many gallons of water and keeps that water heated at all times. As a result, the water stored in the heater is pre-heated and ready for use whenever you need it. However, that means that you are paying for the electricity needed to heat that water 24/7. With a tankless water heater, electricity is only used to heat water when you need it. As a result, you save energy.
Con: More energy needed at once
In order for a tankless water heater to get water hot for you quickly, it must use a ton of energy at once. In fact, a standard water heater uses around 40,000 BTU of gas to heat up. A tankless water heater is likely to need to use around 150,000 BTU. That’s a big difference. Not all homes or buildings are equipped with that kind of power. Call a plumber to find out if your home or building is equipped for one before you buy.
Pro: Long-term savings
When you switch to a tankless water heater, you will see a significant change in your electricity or gas bill (or both) depending on the type of energy used to operate your water heater. This is because you save energy when your water doesn’t need to be heated all the time.
Con: Steep upfront costs
Although tankless heaters in Gilbert, AZ produce long-term savings, they are more costly to buy upfront than traditional water heaters. Many people are surprised to find that it may take several years for their energy savings to add up to justify the initial cost of purchasing a tankless heater. If you plan on staying in your home for a while, it can be easier to justify the purchase.