How To Make A DIY Water Heater Cover

If you're looking to save money on energy bills this winter, consider improving your water heater's efficiency. Your water heater's function is to keep water hot for your use throughout the home. When you need hot water for bathing and washing, all you have to do is turn on the tap, which draws hot water from the water heater tank.

Your water heater has to constantly keep all that water hot so you have available hot water on demand. When outside temperatures drop, your water heater has to work even harder to maintain the water temperature you set. To make matters worse, many hot water heaters are located in areas with little or no insulation, like the basement or garage. You can help the efficiency of your hot water heater by making a DIY water heater cover.

1. Measure the heater. The measurements you need are:

The height of the tank from the top to the bottom.

The distance around the tank.

2. Choose your fabric. The fabric should be thick enough to provide insulation value. Fleece and wool are good options.

3. Buy your fabric. You need enough to cover the measurements of the tank, plus and extra two inches all around for the seam allowances.

4. Buy some kind of closure materials. You'll need to close your fabric cover around the hot water tank. Make sure you choose something that will make it easy to remove the hot water heater cover whenever it needs to be serviced. Options include Velcro, buttons, snaps or a zipper.

5. Cut your fabric. Cut the fabric according to the tank measurements.

6. Test the fit. Wrap the cover around the water heater to ensure a proper fit.

7. Sew the fabric. Leave a one-inch hem on the long edge of the fabric and sew it shut.

8. Install the closure materials. On the long side, sew or install your closure materials; either the Velcro, zipper, buttons or snaps.

Now that you've made your water heater tank, it's time to try it on for size. It should fit perfectly if you've measured and cut carefully. Don't cover the top or bottom of the water heater, because this is where the pipes for the heater will be.

Remember, in the winter the hot water heater has to fight the cold temperatures. If you keep your hot water heater covered in your DIY during the coldest months of the year, you could save a significant amount of money on energy bills. Visit a site like for more information.