Oct 26, 2011 by Alagasco

Tankless Hot Water Heaters: Your Natural Gas Bill’s Best Friend

There’s nothing quite like cooking with Natural Gas.  Folks love their Natural Gas stoves because they deliver just the amount of heat exactly when you want it. Can you imagine if we could offer that same instant on/off for other household necessities?

Well, let’s be honest, we wouldn’t be asking if we didn’t have something up our sleeve.

A tankless Natural Gas water heater delivers hot water exactly when and where it’s needed and can save you a lot more than a traditional tank water heater. A tankless water heater is up to 34% more efficient which can add up to more than you’d think, considering water heating can account for nearly one third of household energy usage.  Now admittedly, we’re not saying installing a new tankless water heater is going to impress your friends at your next dinner party the way a sleek new gas cooking range might, but it’s a common sense solution to a problem most homeowners don’t even know they have.

Do you have a garden tub that you rarely enjoy because you can’t fill it up with enough warm water? Have you ever had to plan your family’s water itinerary to make sure there’s enough hot water for baths, showers, dishes and laundry?

Consider this: the typical tank hot water heater wastes energy whenever you’re not using the hot water. Twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, it’s heating a 40-gallon tank, just waiting for you to turn on the faucet or the shower. When you leave for work or head out on vacation, the water heater stays right there, working away and using energy with nothing to show for it. If your tank water heater were a house guest, you’d have politely asked it to take a hike long ago.

A tankless water heater solves that problem since, as its name suggests, there’s not a tank full of water to keep hot. Instead, its system relies on a small unit with a Natural Gas burner that almost instantly heats the water coming into your house whenever you need it. That kind of on-demand performance can take a big bite out of energy bills. Best of all, that lower energy bill and never-ending hot water will be the only differences you’ll ever notice — except perhaps for the extra space you’ll find in the basement once the installer carts off your old system – and there is nothing wrong with that.

And now you can get a rebate toward a natural gas tank water heater and up to $450 toward installation from Alagasco when you switch from electric. That’s a value of up to $800! For more information, visit www.Alagasco.com.


Alagasco, your natural gas partner, provides clean, energy efficient natural gas to approximately 437,000 homes, businesses and industries in central and north Alabama. To report a gas leak, a line break, or any other gas service emergency, please call 1-800-292-4008. For other inquiries about your account, service or billing, you can reach us via email or phone.

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