The statistic speaks for itself. When most homeowners find out the hot water heaters in their homes account for 19 per cent of natural gas bills, they’re more than interested in finding out how to keep these costs down. Here are a few tips to help you put more cash back in your pocket. If you haven’t done so already, turn the thermostat down on the unit to a temperature that you can live with and one that will save you cash. Suggestions are 54°C (or 130°F) as a median that will work and prevent anyone in your home from getting scalded. Insulation is another good idea. It’s suggested that the hot water pipe gets the first two metres and the cold water counterpart gets one metre starting from the point where it leads away from the tank. Routine maintenance is another great help. That generally includes looking after the tank and draining it when sediment has built up. Attach a hose to the drain valve and keep a bucket at the other end to catch what spills out. Remember that if you’ve got a water supply with sand, rust or scale in it, the buildup can settle in the tank and force the heater to work harder. Keep the draft hood on your hot water heater clear at all times. Don’t use anything like pipe wrap within 15 centimetres of this or the flue exhaust vent. Implementing these basic tips will help you to save energy and lengthen the life of your hot water heater. Oosterveld Heating and Air Conditioning is a family-owned and operated business servicing Guelph and the surrounding areas. You can see their fine selection of Lennox equipment at www.oosterveldheating.com or call them at 519-837-2351.