We all have those days where we just need to go home and relax and sometimes take a nice hot bath. We might have been on our feet all day at work. Maybe we hit the gym a little too hard and are aching. Or maybe we are just mentally drained from a long and exhausting day!
That hot bath water is going to help you relax, warm your muscles, and ease your mind. Hot water is essential to showers and bath time, but it’s also used for washing clothes, cooking, cleaning, and an array of other household chores. As we know, the water from our pipes is not naturally heated. It goes through our water heaters to get warmed up before getting to us. For those of us that use hot water often, surely you have worried about how expensive the water bill is going to be. An even bigger concern: the cost of replacing or repairing your water heater.
There are an array of options for water heaters these days. There are water heaters that are run by gas, water heaters that are run by electric and even tankless water heaters that don’t hold water at all and warms it as needed.
There are so many options. But one of the main questions that come about is “which option is cheaper overall?” or “which option is most suitable for my home?” These are great questions that will lead you to saving money either now or in the future, so it’s important to know the details of what you are working with.
Heating water is “the second-largest expense in our home”, >according to the Department of Energy. This bill can add up to anywhere from 14 percent to 18 percent to our utility bills. So while money is important in savings, it is also important to know which type best fits the type of home you’re living in as well and how much supply and demand you have for hot water on a daily basis.
Statistics show that gas water heaters tend to be the cheaper option when compared to electric in the long run. Unfortunately, you are going to be looking to put out more money to purchase a new gas water heater than you would for the electric heater. But over the span of roughly a year, depending on the situation, you will make up the difference of up front costs in overall savings, which is the ultimate goal for most users. The up front price difference can be as low as under $100.00. This is even more reason to consider gas over electric.
Whether you decide to go with gas or electric water heaters, Cole Plumbing can assist you in replacing your water heater. We can educate you about water heater repairs, installations, the pros and cons of electric vs. gas and we even offer tankless water heaters. Give us a call today and we can help you decide which option is best for you and your property.