Hot Water Heater
Our hot water heater is in the basement and it's electric. We were having a problem with the second person taking a shower not having enough hot water. The first thing we did was look for insulation for the hot water heater. We live in a small town, so no one had a hot water heater blanket for us to buy. I then started looking around on the internet for options, and one that I ran across was a radiant barrier for the hot water heater. While I can't really understand the concept, I decided to try it anyway. I went to the local Dollar tree and bought five of the reflective windshield barriers for cars ($5 plus tax). I came home and wrapped them and taped them around the hot water heater sides and top and connected it with duct tape. I followed online directions that the reflective surface needs to be next to air space, and so put it facing out-words, even though my brain was saying, "shouldn't you be reflecting the heat back to the tank?" Amazingly, it works. Why? It still seems hoky. I can't tell if it helped with the cost of electricity, as this was heading into winter and we have electric heat.
The other thing I did was bought some low flow shower heads and some new aerators for our sinks to conserve on hot water. Now, even when I am the third person in the shower, I find myself adjusting the water temperature down (and I LOVE a hot shower.)
|Inside parts of hot water heater|
|Completed collector with solar panel|