The cost of purchasing and operating a water heater can vary greatly, depending on the type, brand and model selected and on the quality of the installation. Here are some water heater options.
The first step in choosing a water heater is to determine the appropriate fuel type. Natural gas, oil, and propane water heaters are generally less expensive to operate than electric models. If you are considering electricity, check with your local utility company or electricity supplier to see if they offer off-peak electricity rates. If available, heating your water during off-peak hours will save you money.
Demand water heaters (tankless or instantaneous) are common in Japan and Europe. They began appearing in the United States about 25 years ago. Unlike conventional tank water heaters, they heat water only as it is used, or on demand.
Heating with hot water is becoming increasingly common in the United States as more and more homeowners recognize the convenience, versatility, and cleanliness of hot water heat.
Keeping up with the flow of things in and around your home's water system.