If you need to replace your old hot water heater, then you are likely looking into new heater options that use less energy than your current one. Although tankless water heaters are good options when you want to conserve energy, not everyone wants to lose the tank. Don't worry, because you can save money when sticking with a tank-style water heater by following these tips. 

1. Consider a Heat-Pump Water Heater

Most homeowners by now have heard of heat pumps that can help heat their homes, but did you know that there are now hot water heaters that use heat-pump technology to heat your water? These heaters pull heat from the air around them to heat the water inside the tank. They also have electric back-up components, so they can use electricity as needed when heat from the air alone is not enough to heat the water to your desired temperature setting. 

Consumer Reports tested three hot water heaters with integrated heat-pumps, and they found these water heaters used an average of 60 percent less energy than electric hot water heaters. 

2. Add an Insulation Blanket

Adding an insulation blanket to any new tank-style hot water heater you choose is a simple, affordable way to keep your tank water hot while using less energy. These special blankets are filled with special foam or fiberglass insulation. 

If you are a savvy DIY-er, you may be able to install one on your own or with a helper after purchasing the right safety equipment. However, since you are purchasing a new tank and having it installed professionally anyways, your installation expert can likely add one for you during installation to save you the hassle. 

These blankets may seem too low-tech to save you much cash, but they can lead to over a 5-percent reduction in tank energy usage, which can really add up over the long run. 

3. Opt for a Gas-Condensing Water Heater

Another tank-style water heater that can help you save energy is a gas-condensing water heater. This heater is run with natural gas, but it works a bit differently from traditional gas water heaters. A typical gas water heater vents combustion gasses outside while heating your water. A gas condensing heater doesn't let this gas go to waste by simply venting it out, but it instead uses it to further heat your water. 

This type of water heater uses an average of 30 percent less energy to heat your water compared to a traditional gas-powered water heater, resulting in a dramatic savings for you. 

While tankless water heaters can help reduce your energy bills, you don't have to lose the tank to save money when heating your water. Consider these tips if you want to keep the tank and save cash.  Talk to your local plumbing company, such as Marv's Plumbing, for more information.