With temperatures soaring, residents in the Northwest are struggling to find the heat to keep their homes cool.
The Northwest Water Authority has installed new, more efficient water heaters at some of its properties, but many residents are still struggling to keep up.
The authority says the heaters are saving lives and saving money by reducing the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere.
The new units, which are equipped with a solar panel to reduce energy costs, are being installed in a number of neighborhoods in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.
A report commissioned by the authority in June found that the water heater saves nearly $100,000 per year in water bills.
The study, conducted by a non-profit, found that water heater installation saves more than $1.6 billion in energy and carbon dioxide emissions.
“We are very proud of the work that our Water Service has done to ensure the safety and reliability of our water system, but we also know that we can’t afford to waste the efforts that we have made,” said Tom Kloza, the agency’s president.
The Water Service is not alone.
Dozens of local agencies across the nation are also installing water heators at some properties.
Water heating saves money and can be a cost-effective way to keep a house warm.
In fact, the Northwest has installed more than 1,400 water heat of boilers at properties since the beginning of the year, according to the Water Service.
Water heaters can be installed on many homes, and some are available in all parts of the Northwest.
The Washington Water Department also sells heaters for less than the cost of gas.
There are also electric water heat units available at many of the homes in the Puget Sound region.