March 23, 2017
False: A water softener doesn’t use as much energy as you might expect.
The energy required to run a water softener over the course of one year is the same as what an alarm clock uses in a year, which is about 70 kWh, or less than $10 per year based on US average energy rates (and it won’t wake you up). Most new softeners regenerate only when you need them to, thus, the water and energy use are optimized. How many times do you think a water softener will run for an average family of four? Less than five times a month!
Saving energy through soft water
A water softener is well worth the initial investment because it instantly starts improving the quality of water, saving you money across multiple areas of the home.
- Scale Build Up Prevention – Because a water softener prevents scale buildup in your home’s pipes, in major appliances and on faucets, it increases longevity and operational efficiency. In fact, appliances could last 30% to 50% longer when they use soft water. Since the presence of excess scale buildup results in heat loss, it’s twice as hard to get your water hot and plumbed to where it needs to be. With soft water, your water heater doesn’t have to work as hard, saving you up to 27% on energy costs in a single year.
- Protect Your Plumbing – Soft water helps protect the home’s plumbing. If you think about it, pipes are essentially the veins and arteries of the home, and appliances are the major organs. If the arteries are clogged and dirty, then the organs will fail. Over time, hard water minerals accumulate on the insides of pipes, eventually cutting off the water supply. If damaged badly enough, the only solution is to replace your home’s entire plumbing system, and that could cost thousands of dollars.
- Appliance efficiency – Hard water will also cause buildup inside your appliances and clog the valves, which can lead to leaks, costly repairs, and premature replacement costs. The replacement costs of appliances due to hard water corrosion ranges from $400 to $1,500 for a washer and $300 to $800 for a water heater.
If not now, when?
Start reaping the benefits of a water softener now, and your pipes and appliances will thank you! The system will pay for itself in about a year.
Unsure where to begin? Start by requesting your Free Water Analysis from Gibson’s WaterCare now. You can even book online & set up your appointment on your schedule. We can help you with your water care needs.