It’s like chicken soup on a cold day.

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Inside most U.S. homes you’re likely to find a 50-gallon hot water tank tucked away in the basement that’s designed to provide hot water whenever you need it. Water sits in the tank, and cools down causing heat loss, and as it cools a heating element kicks in to warm it up again and again. There are ways to prevent heat loss and protect your pocketbook.

Warm blankets can charm any water heater.

According to the American Council for Energy Efficient Economy a fiberglass insulation blanket can cut heat loss by 25 to 40 per cent and save 4 to 9 per cent on an average heating bill of $308. Insulate your electric hot-water storage tank but make sure you don’t cover the thermostat. You can also insulate the first six feet of the hot and cold pipes connected to the heater and heat traps.

If you insulate your natural gas or oil hot-water storage tank make sure that you don’t cover the top or bottom of the water heater or the thermostat, or burner compartment. If you’re not sure how to do this safely, call us at Practical Systems, 952-933-1868, for all your heating and cooling needs and we’ll be pleased to make a house call.

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