Struggling with high energy bills? Your home water heater could be the culprit, as it accounts for approximately 14 percent of your energy usage. If your gas water heater is more than 10 years old, you might consider replacing it. A water heater that old might be operating at less than 50 percent efficiency! Consider replacing it with an energy-efficient tank or a heater without a tank, which warms up water only when you need it.
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