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Water Heater Blanket

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Here’s one quick way to see if a Water Heater Blanket or Jacket might be right for your home. Put your hand on your water heater. Is it warm to the touch? If so, heat is escaping making the water heater less energy efficient and increasing your energy bill. In this case, a Water Heater Blanket can help.

If your water heater, especially if it’s newer, is already well insulated and cool to the touch, you probably don’t need to cover it. In fact, for some water heaters it could present a fire hazard.

Increased Energy Efficiency

Because a typical household uses a considerable amount of energy heating water, better energy efficiency can reduce your energy bill. Some less efficient or older water heaters let some of the heat escape and that’s why it could be warm to the touch. For people using a tank water heater, awater heater jacket can keep the heat from escaping making it more energy efficient.

You may also want to take a look at some energy efficient water heating options. Each home and household need is different so one type will not be right for everyone.


Homeowners can easily install a blanket themselves or hire a handyman to help. If you install yourself, there are a few important things to remember:

Read all the instructions carefully before you begin. Different blankets and water heaters may have different instructions.

Turn the water heater OFF while you are putting on the blanket. Turn it back ON when you are finished. This sounds obvious but it’s easy to forget.

These Blankets are inexpensive and easy to install and just might save you some energy and money. Definitely worth looking into.

Updated: January 31, 2013 — 12:52 am

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