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How to Buy an Energy Efficient Water Heater [Infographic]

According to the US Energy Information Administration, heating water doesn't consume quite as much energy as it did twenty years ago. It does still represent over 17% of the average home's energy consumption, though, so any increases in efficiency will make a difference in energy use and electricity bills. There are a lot of different types of water heaters on the market, though, so how do you know which one will work most efficiently for your living environment?

Our friends at The Home Depot put together this infographic to give you all the information you need on water heaters and efficiency in one place. Of course, looking for the ENERGY STAR label is a good way to start period, but other factors will play into creating the biggest bang for your buck.

Bought a new water heater lately? How did efficiency figure into your purchase? Share your thoughts and ideas with us in the comments…