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Water heaters are fast becoming a part of US households these days. The Appliance Standard Awareness Project says that water heating makes up 20 percent of the total annual household energy consumption in the country.

While water heaters make life more convenient, many are still concerned about energy consumption. Fortunately, there are many ways to conserve energy and save money even with a water heater at home. One way to make sure that the water heater doesn’t consume too much energy is buying one that’s eco-friendly. National Geographic shares the following tips for buying eco-friendly water heaters:

1. Choosing a water heater with an Energy Star label.

This label is proof that the product has passed the standards set by the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency on energy efficiency. The Energy Star-qualified high-efficiency gas storage water heater, for instance, uses lesser energy than conventional water heaters.

2. Considering a gas-condensing water heater.

Unlike conventional water heaters that release exhaust gas after heating the water, gas-condensing water heaters recycle the gas. This lessens greenhouse gas emission.

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3. Replacing the electric water heater with an electric heat pump.

Unlike the typical electric water heater that runs electricity through a wire, the electric heat pump takes heat from the air and uses it to heat the water. This means lesser electricity consumption and lower risk of electrical short circuit.

4. The size of the water heater must fit household use.

A large water heater that can produce a lot of hot water can also consume a lot of energy. The Department of Energy recommends estimating the right size of water heater before purchasing one.

5. Buying energy-efficient water heater and getting a rebate.

The government provides incentives for environmentally friendly equipment. While the solar water heater is more expensive than ordinary ones, it gives tax credit. This rebate can be equated into savings.

Energy-efficient water heaters are more expensive than traditional ones, but they will save homeowners money on energy consumption in the long run. Those who purchase eco-friendly water heaters are not only making their wallets fatter, they’re also helping save the environment.

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Comfort Experts, Inc., a heating systems contractor in Texas, conducts energy-conservation analysis of home heating systems. Its website lists the other services it offers.