As you pull out your sweaters and jackets for the coming winter, you should think about bundling up your electric water heater as well.

Electric water heating accounts for nearly 15% of your monthly electric bill. However, you can reduce that cost with an insulated water heater wrap and pipe insulation, especially if the unit is located in unconditioned space like a garage.

If the outside of your water heater is warm to the touch, it is losing heat through the walls of the tank. Installing an insulating blanket is one of the most effective do-it-yourself energy-saving projects you can perform. The blanket will reduce standby heat loss by 25-40%.

Additionally, insulating your hot water pipes reduces losses as the hot water is flowing to the faucet and will reduce standby losses when the tap is turned off and then back on within an hour or so. A water heater wrap kit isn’t needed if you’ve already purchased a Vaughn Water Heater from Jones-Onslow or if a gas water heater is used in your home.

With all pieces properly installed, the kits can save you money and energy while helping your electric cooperative meet North Carolina’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standards (REPS). This mandate requires that a certain percentage of Jones-Onslow’s electric sales comes from renewable energy sources or reductions in electricity usage through energy efficiency.

Jones-Onslow has these kits available to customers for $12 each plus sales tax. The kits, which have a $50 retail value, include a water heater blanket and pipe insulation as well as an Earth Massage water-efficient showerhead and bathroom and kitchen faucet aerators.

The water heater wrap kits are available at our Jacksonville and Snead Ferry offices.