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reduce water bills at your vacation rentalDid you know that heating the water in your vacation home can equal up to 25% of your total energy costs? While you can't control the number of showers that your guests take, you can do a few things to cut your overall heating costs.

  • Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120 degrees. It will still be plenty hot to wash clothes, dishes, and muddy toddlers — and your guests will never know the difference.
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  • Wrap insulation around the first six feet of pipes connected to your water heater. Think of this insulation as your pipes' thermal underwear: it keeps the heat in and protects it from the elements.
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  • Insulate the water storage tank. But be sure to leave the thermostat and burner compartment uncovered, along with the top and bottom of the tank.
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  • To improve the efficiency of your water heater, drain a quart of water from your water tank once a season. This will remove the sediment in the tank and enhance the heat-transfer process.
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  • Turn off the hot water system when your house is not rented. Just be sure to turn it back on before your next guests arrive or you'll have some unhappy (and uncomfortable) renters.
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  • Buy a cover for your swimming pool or outdoor hot tub. The steam rising off the water may look pretty, but then again, so does an affordable heating bill.
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  • Consider replacing your regular pool heater with a solar heating system.

As always, read your owner's manual before taking on any task that you're not professionally licensed to do. And if you feel unsure about what you're doing, DON'T do it. Call a professional. It costs a lot more to fix a mistake than to get it right the first time.


© Copyright HomeAway, Inc. 2006

Updated: September 14, 2009



 
   

HomeAway , Owner Community , Cleaning & Upkeep , Money-Saving Tips , How to Lower the Cost of Water Heating at Your Vacation Home


reduce water bills at your vacation rentalDid you know that heating the water in your vacation home can equal up to 25% of your total energy costs? While you can't control the number of showers that your guests take, you can do a few things to cut your overall heating costs.

  • Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120 degrees. It will still be plenty hot to wash clothes, dishes, and muddy toddlers — and your guests will never know the difference.
  •  
  • Wrap insulation around the first six feet of pipes connected to your water heater. Think of this insulation as your pipes' thermal underwear: it keeps the heat in and protects it from the elements.
  •  
  • Insulate the water storage tank. But be sure to leave the thermostat and burner compartment uncovered, along with the top and bottom of the tank.
  •  
  • To improve the efficiency of your water heater, drain a quart of water from your water tank once a season. This will remove the sediment in the tank and enhance the heat-transfer process.
  •  
  • Turn off the hot water system when your house is not rented. Just be sure to turn it back on before your next guests arrive or you'll have some unhappy (and uncomfortable) renters.
  •  
  • Buy a cover for your swimming pool or outdoor hot tub. The steam rising off the water may look pretty, but then again, so does an affordable heating bill.
  •  
  • Consider replacing your regular pool heater with a solar heating system.
As always, read your owner's manual before taking on any task that you're not professionally licensed to do. And if you feel unsure about what you're doing, DON'T do it. Call a professional. It costs a lot more to fix a mistake than to get it right the first time.


© Copyright HomeAway, Inc. 2006

Updated: September 14, 2009




 
   

HomeAway , Owner Community , Cleaning & Upkeep , Money-Saving Tips , How to Lower the Cost of Water Heating at Your Vacation Home