Tankless Water Heaters: Conversation Killer but Energy Saver

Posted on Jul 25 2012 - 4:36pm by Brent Hardy


Some of you may remember the awkward moment on Ashley’s Hebert’s season of The Bachelorette when contestant Ryan Park talked about tankless water heaters on what turned out to be his final date with Ashley. Though that topic of conversation seemed to be the nail in the coffin, he did bring up some good points.

(Go to minute 6:20 to watch the drama unfold)


A traditional gas-fired storage-tank water heater uses natural gas to heat water. As the water temperature drops, the system kicks on the heat to bring it back up to the appropriate level. This is an ongoing process – always happening whether you are at home or away on vacation (as Ryan so helpfully mentions).


On the other hand, a tankless water heater uses electric, high-powered burners that quickly heat water as it runs through a heat exchanger. The system turns on ONLY when someone turns the faucet on for hot water, eliminating unnecessary usage of energy. For this reason, tankless water heaters are shown to be 22% more energy efficient than the gas-fired storage-tank models – translating into savings of $70 to $80 each year. Extra Space Storage incorporates these systems when and where it makes financial sense.


Although tankless water heaters may be a conversation (or relationship) killer, there are some definite benefits to using such systems. The goal is to reduce the consumption of our natural resources, which is exactly what this kind of system does.


Do you know someone that uses a tankless water system? Do you have one? Comment below and tell us about your experience!


Brent Hardy