Talk to your landlord about upgrading your gas water heater

Why? Water heating is typically one of the largest energy expenses in your home, after heating and cooling. If your gas water heater is over 10 years old, it may make financial sense for your landlord to replace it. ENERGY STAR® certified gas storage water heaters use 10% less energy than standard models.
Benefits to your landlord:

Upgrading your water heater has a variety of benefits for your landlord:

  • Make the rental a more efficient and cost-effective place to live for current and future tenants.

  • Provide greater reliability and lower maintenance costs. By proactively replacing your old water heater, your landlord can avoid instances of leaking or flooding.

  • A modernized water heater can serve as an attractive selling point.

Step by step:

  1. Ask your landlord about the age of your current water heater or check the label. More than 27 million U.S. homes have a storage water heater that's more than 10 years old.

  2. Encourage your landlord to consider an upgrade.

  3. When selecting a new water heating system, ask your landlord to consider the following features:

    • The right size for your home. A storage water heater constantly keeps the water hot, like leaving a coffee pot on all day. The smaller the size, the more you'll save. If your home has one or two people, a 30- to 40-gallon water heater is likely sufficient. The U.S. Department of Energy offers a worksheet to help you estimate the right size for your home.
    • The efficiency rating. The Uniform Energy Factor (UEF) of the model rates its energy performance. Look for a UEF rating of 0.64 or higher. Visit the ENERGY STAR website for a list of certified high-efficiency gas storage water heaters.

  4. Set it up for savings. When you first install your new water heater, set the temperature at the correct level. Most households find 120°F to be sufficient, and this temperature helps prevent scalding.

Actions you can take now:

Landlord not ready to invest in a solar water heater? Try these quick actions to save money and use less energy on hot water:

  • Reduce your shower time. Shaving even one minute off shower time can reduce your shower water use by 13%.

  • Lower your water heater temperature. Most households find 120°F to be sufficient for their needs.

  • Install energy-efficient showerheads. They can cost as little as $10.

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