Water heaters are an essential piece of domestic kit with most Canadians using 75 liters of hot water every single day. With that in mind, it’s important to know you’re getting the best value for money. Efficient and versatile water heaters are available for purchase at very reasonable prices, regardless of the inclusion of powerful, environmentally technology. What should you be doing with the old product, though?
Dealing With Trash
What you may not have considered, given how workmen will quite happily take away the old drum before they put the new one in, is what you’d do with your old water heater. It might be worth considering, though, and a 2015 survey showed that Canadians are embracing DIY in seeking to improve, rather than buy or sell houses.
Perhaps, then, you’d consider disposing of your own water heater when the time comes - what are the options?
Recycle or Landfill
This takes top billing because recycling can be the best thing for your pocket and the planet. Recycling centers accept water heaters, so for the easy option take the time out to deliver your device to your local center - it’s as easy as getting rid of it in the landfill, and much more efficient.
You can, of course, get the device taken to the municipal landfill and many companies will take it for you for a small charge. This can be advantageous as an easy option and also if you don’t have easy access to a recycling center, or, the time to take your water heater down alongside any other trash you might have.
Scrap It Yourself
A little more challenging, but if you have the technical know-how - and in the digital age you can quickly acquire that via YouTube - and the right set of tools, you can potentially rip down the heater yourself and extract the precious metals inside, some of which can fetch a pretty penny - up to $3.60 per pound of copper in fact.
Of course, there’s a wealth of different things you can turn any household object into, especially if you’re a fan of the shabby chic look. You could turn the old water heater into a kitchen bin, an outdoors barbecue or smoker, or even a bench if you had the right tools to upholster it. Again, this can save you valuable dollars.
If you’re in the market for replacing your old water heater, don’t let the workmen take your old one away without a seconds thought. You could be making a few extra dollars, or simply doing something better for the environment and future prices if you’re willing to put the time into disposing of it thoughtfully.