Green tip for week #41 — Week of February 8, 2009

Insulate your water heater

When you step outside in the winter, you usually remember your jacket, but when you step back inside a warm home, have you ever thought about adding a jacket to your water heater? Probably not.  However, simply adding an insulating sleeve to your water heater in your home can be a quick and cost-effective green tip that will not only save energy, but it can save money.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, adding insulation to your water heater can reduce heat losses by 25%–45%.  That could save 4%–9% in water heating costs.  Find the U.S. Department of Energy’s page with more information here.

You should be able to find a hot water heater blanket or insulating sleeve for $20-$30 at your local hardware store or online.  This week, spend the $20 to conserve energy, and may be able to recoup that cost within a year or so.

Remember, saving energy, saving the environment, and saving money can sometimes go hand in hand.  Not all environmental responsibility initiatives have to be complicated — encourage your family, friends and colleagues to start with some of the ideas you have found here at, and please tell others about our site.


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