Water heaters are an integral part of all modern homes. They allow us to wash our clothes, take showers, baths, do the dishes and even care for minor injuries or ailments that we may get. However, they are also a large part of the problem when it comes to going green as they can consume up to about twenty-five percent of the energy used in homes. This is because they have to maintain a constant temperature every minute of every day and must use some sort of heating element to do so.
Thankfully, there have been many advancements in the last ten years or so with making many of the commonly used (gas and electric) water heaters more energy efficient. This has led to many manufacturers to produce these as they have, not only a real world use, but also a fad use in the green movement. The main differences is that these newly designed models of water heaters are better insulated and also use different heating techniques to reduce the energy that is being expended on a single tank. Unfortunately, the cost of manufacturing these newer models is more expensive because of the added materials that go into them. In general you can expect to pay about twenty to twenty-five percent more for these than a traditional water heater.
Despite the drawbacks of making that initial investment you can expect to see between a ten and fifteen percent decrease in your monthly gas or propane bill by investing in one of these. To add to the incentive of making the right decision for the environment, the government is also offering a tax credit that will pay up to thirty percent of the total cost of the water heater if it is purchased in by December 31st, 2016.