Keeping You In Hot Water, Efficiently

JONESBORO (KAIT) - How many times have you wanted a shower only to find that all the hot water has already been used by the dishwasher or another bather. There are a couple of options for you to consider.

Can you say this about your present water heater?

Monty Williams, Craighead Electric Cooperative, "It's the last one you'll ever buy. Cause it's guaranteed for life to never leak rust or corrode and if it ever does happen to leak, bring it back and we'll give you a new one."

The Marathon water heater is unique in several ways.

Williams, "So what's unique with this tank here is this is convex instead of concave so when you go to drain these tanks for any kind of sediment like sand or anything built up it will all drain out. "

Other unique features include over three inches of insulating foam on sides and over 5 on the bottom. Coupled with the plastic interior tank itself means a savings in electricity at it holds hot water longer.

Monty Williams has a Marathon water heater at his house, he hooked up a meter to see how often it comes on when no one is using it.

"I read it one Friday afternoon and was gone over the weekend and came back Sunday afternoon and it had not come on at all in two days. And this was sitting out in the well house out in the elements. That goes back, it's well insulated and not much heat loss out of these."

The Marathon will cost a little over 400 dollars a year to operate depending on what size you get.    Right now the only place you can obtain a Marathon is from the Craighead Electric Cooperative.

Williams, "They're available to anyone out there in the market, we have two separate prices we have one for our coop members and one for non members. "

They are all electric and a bit larger than a regular water heater and you can get into one for around seven hundred and fifty, less if you are a Coop member.

Now another option for water heaters you have if you don't want a tank somewhere in your house or you just have that one spot where you need a lot of hot water really quick and don't want to wait for it to come from down stairs is a tankless water heater .

Chuck Pinkley, Lowe's "I's hot water on demand whenever you need it. It saves about fifty percent of your energy costs per year by going with the tankless heater. Because it only works when you turn on your hot water tap.'

there are both electric and gas models available and sizes of the heaters depend on the need and useage of the hot water and depending on size is quite economical.

Pinkley, "It costs on average of about 21 dollars a month to operate so that's really not a whole lot when it comes down to it. "

Whatever kind of water heater you choose, do your research to make sure your choice is the right one for your home and your needs.

For more information on both of these water heaters click on the links with this story.