Covering your hot water heater storage tank with an insulation blanket can save you 5% to 10% in the cost of heating your hot water, whether for home or commercial use. A quick way to find out if your hot water heater needs a water heater insulation blanket is to feel the water heater. If it feels warm to the touch, you are losing heat through the storage tank and will benefit by installing the insulation blanket over your water heater. A new water heater insulation blanket costs only about $15 - $20 and is available at most local hardware stores. Choose a water heater blanket with an R (insulating) rating of approximately R-10. If you are low income, you should check with your local utilities as they may offer an insulation blanket at an even lower price and they may come & install it for you for free as an energy saving incentive bonus. It always pays to shop around first. So whether you decide to install a water heater blanket yourself, or let a professional install one, the savings are definitely worth the trouble.
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