Senior living communities can spruce up their image and keep their residents safe by switching all of their buildings to electric tankless water heaters. The ability to label a community as eco-friendly with one sweeping renovation is uncommon, but the benefits that accompany electric tankless water heaters allow management to do just that. Save money, boost the reputation of the establishment and keep elderly patients protected by switching from storage water heaters to tankless water heaters.
Cut down the cost
Running anywhere from 20 to 100 buildings for people to live in can be costly. While the daily maintenance may account for a good chunk of that bill, so will utility costs. According to the Department of Energy, the average household spends $400 to $600 a year on water heating alone. This number only grows for senior living communities, which have a number of energy bills to pay.
"Tankless water heaters save at minimum $100 on utility bills."
Switching from a storage water heater to an electric tankless water heater saves the consumer $100 a year on their utility bill at the minimum, according to the DOE. This means that residents of in a senior living community get the benefit of saving money before they even step foot in their home. Depending on the use of low-flow faucets, which cut down the gallons per minute output in sinks from 2.5 gpm to 1 gpm, according to Code Green Houston, this bill can be cut down even further.
Electric tankless water heaters can be used as point-of-use products, which means they can be put under the sink or in other inconspicuous places. This placement reduces the strain on the overall system while providing longevity and consistent hot water to the household.
Green friendly reputation
Senior living communities can create a meaningful impact on the world by reducing their carbon footprints. This means using more renewable energy, while also curbing the amount of non-renewable energy used. Electric tankless water heaters provide an easy avenue for senior living communities to boost their eco-friendly reputation and tout the fact that they are doing their part to stop climate change.
Electric tankless water heaters can be used in tandem with solar energy panels. This is a renewable energy source that allows senior living residents to save even more money on utility bills, while simultaneously building a good reputation for prospective visitors that they are committed to saving the world.
Electric tankless water heaters are 99 percent energy efficient, which means that the systems only use as much as they need to operate. Storage water heaters rest between 55 to 65 percent energy efficient. This is because standby heat loss can occur. When already heated water sits in the tank for long periods of time, it starts to lose temperature. When the system is asked to pump out more hot water, it has to use even more energy to heat it up again. This is an outdated process that wastes precious resources. Electric tankless water heaters only heats up the water when it is required for use. The efficient use of resource is a hallmark of a environmentally friendly community, and electric tankless water heaters help with just that.
Keep residents safe
Senior living communities' number one priority should be to keep their residents safe. Besides the danger that outdated storage water heaters pose in terms of exploding, they are just one malfunction away from scalding a resident. The American Burn Association reported that between 2003 and 2012, 34 percent of all burn unit visits where due to scalds. Pair that with the fact that senior citizens are most at risk to scalds because of their frail skin, and there is an accident waiting to happen.
Electric tankless water heaters don't spike in temperature at the sink, and their thermal optic sensors keep water temperature steady and safe. Switching to these systems not only saves money and builds a good reputation within the climate change community, but can prevent accidents from injuring residents.