Green Action: Add an insulating cover to any hot water storage tank and the first 6 feet of the hot and cold water pipes connected to the water heater
“Adding insulation to it can reduce standby heat losses by 25%–45%. This will save you around 4%–9% in water heating costs”. (EnergySavers.gov)
PURCHASING A HOT WATER HEATER INSULATION BLANKET:
Unfortunately, Viv is not currently partnered with a supplier that offers hot water heater insulation blankets at a discount. In the meantime, please consult your local hardware store.
*Note: Be sure the blanket you purchase is large enough to cover the full size (in gallons) of your heater
INSTALLING A HOT WATER HEATER INSULATION BLANKET:
All insulation blankets come with directions in or on the package for installation of the blanket. If you are comfortable with handy work around the house, installation can be done on your own.
If you have any hesitation, we recommend contacting a contractor or handyman to do the installation.
To supplement the on package directions we’ve provided the following:
1) Cut the tank top insulation to fit around the piping in the top of the tank. Tape the cut section closed after the top has been installed.
2) Fold the corners of the top insulation down and tape to sides of tank.
3) Position the insulating blanket around the circumference of the tank. For ease of installation, position the blanket so that the ends do not come together over the access panels in the side of the tank. Some tanks have only one access panel.
4) Secure the blanket in place with the belts provided. Position the belts so they do not go over the access panels. Belts should fit snugly over the blanket but not compress it more than 15%–20% of its thickness. The installation is easier with two people. If working alone, use tape to hold the blanket to the top until you get the belts into position.
5) If your water heater has the temperature/pressure relief valve and the overflow pipe on the side of the tank instead of on the top, install the blanket so these items are outside of the blanket. Depending on the piping arrangement, you may need to compress (or cut) the blanket.
6) Locate the four corners of the access panel(s). Make an x-shaped cut in the insulating blanket from corner to corner of each access panel.
7) Fold the triangular flaps produced by the cuts underneath the insulating blanket. Repeat steps 6 and 7 for the rating/instruction plate.
*Note: Do not set the thermostat >130 degrees, as the wiring could overheat.