Avoid a Bad Decision When Your Water Heater Breaks

Save money and help the environment with a replacement—we can help

If you want to save money on your energy bills and reduce greenhouse gas—and other emissions—to help the environment, a good step would be to have a replacement plan for your water heater when it fails. A key part of that plan is to get Marathon Water Heateradvice from Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative.

That helpful tip comes from an expert who’s just published research showing that the increased use of electric appliances would improve energy efficiency at home and for the nation.

Keith Dennis is the senior principal of end-use solutions and standards at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). His article, published in the November issue of The Electricity Journal, shows that for decades we’ve been using assumptions and measurements for energy efficiency that are no longer accurate. It explains that electric water heaters are a much better choice than natural gas—both for environmental impact and for home energy savings. This is important because water heating accounts for approximately 15 percent of your home’s energy use.

The problem is, replacing a water heater is often a panic decision—water heaters seem to break at the worst time, and you’re more likely to be thinking about the guests coming to visit the next day than the best energy efficient decision.

“Most people replace their water heater in an emergency situation,” Dennis says. “Moving forward, utilities will be more and more involved in helping with that purchasing decision.”

By agreeing to join Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative’s controlled water heater program, you can qualify for substantial rebates, and you will eventually begin earning credits on your monthly power bill.

The bottom line: Before purchasing a new water heater for your home, talk to the energy experts about the Marathon Water Heater at Todd- Wadena Electric Cooperative! Give us a call today at (218) 631-3120 or (800) 321-8932 to learn more!


  1. It’s interesting that you say electric water heaters are better than gas heaters. I definitely like that it’s better for the environment. I’m thinking of replacing my gas water heater to an electric heater. Thanks for the advice!

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