When you consider the fact that water heating can account for 14% to 25% of the energy consumed in your home, using natural gas for your water heating needs is the best choice.
Fast and Dependable
Natural gas water heaters are the "greener than you think" solution for your water heating needs. They heat water twice as fast when compared with an electric water heater and emit only about half the carbon emissions. So, when you're replacing an existing unit or buying a new home with a choice of equipment, knowing the benefits of using natural gas for water heating can give you many advantages.
Most cost-effective while providing endless supply of hot water
Heating water requires a considerable amount of energy, and natural gas has proven to be the most cost-effective fuel for this purpose. Gas water heaters typically cost slightly more to purchase, but use less energy on a source basis and cost about half as much to operate as electric models. Designed for rapid recovery, natural gas heats water faster than electric, so you're less likely to run out of hot water, plus your water heater recovers quicker, bringing you hot water faster.
When choosing a water heater, carefully consider the units Energy Factor (EF), which is a measure of the overall efficiency of the water heater. An EF is dependent upon how quickly the energy source (gas, electric, etc.) heats the water, how much energy is lost when the water heater is idle (only storing hot water), and energy lost as the unit cycles on and off. Only compare water heaters of the same energy source. For instance, an electric water heater with an EF of .90 may cost more to operate than a gas water heater with an EF of .70.
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Types of Water Heaters
Storage (tank) Water Heaters
By far the most common type of water heater used today in this country. Water is kept hot and ready for use at all times in insulated storage tanks.
Tankless Water Heaters
Sometimes called "on demand" hot water heaters. Tankless water heaters circulate water through a heat exchanger and water is heated only on demand, providing a continuous, energy-efficient supply of hot water. Take a look at these additional benefits: lower energy bills, space and design savings, fewer worries (the life expectancy of a tankless water heater is on average 20 years or more, much longer than conventional models.)
Solar Water Heating Systems
Clean, renewable source of hot water that helps reduce gas consumption and increase energy savings. Heat water with the sun's power with a natural gas back-up system, and preserve the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Did you know? - Nearly 40% of natural gas used to heat water could be saved through the use of clean, renewable solar water heating systems.*
* ENERGY STAR® 2010
Solar Water Heating is more affordable than you think. Customers installing qualifying solar water heating systems in conjunction with a natural gas water heater may be eligible to receive rebates. To find out more about this program, determine equipment eligibility, and obtain a rebate application, please visit our program website at www.solarwaterheatingrebate.com, or call toll-free 1-855-743-1603.
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