According to Energy.gov, your water heating bill accounts for 12 percent of your monthly electricity use. That is substantial considering hot water is something that most folks use two to three times a day at most. Aside from going out and buying a new, energy-efficient water heater, there are ways you can reduce your water heating expense. Take advantage of the money-saving tips listed below and reduce your energy costs. Not only is it good for your wallet, but also helps to reduce your carbon footprint, which is good for the environment.
- Annual Flushing: Scheduling an annual water heater flush with your plumbing contractor is beneficial to both extend the life of your appliance and maintain its maximum efficiency. Sediment buildup is the main culprit that leads to reduced efficiency and performance as well as premature tank failure.
- Adjust the Temperature: During an annual flush, ask your plumbing contractor to adjust the temperature settings to 120 degrees. Energy.gov states that for every 10-degree reduction in temperature, you can lower your water heating costs by 3 to 5 percent.
- Install a Timer: Water heater timers have been around for many years and are one of the most efficient ways to control or reduce water heating costs. Once installed, you can set the time of day your water heater activates as well as when it shuts off.
- Turn It Off: Many people fail to realize or forget they can simply turn off the water heater by flipping the corresponding circuit breaker in the main circuit breaker box. Do you really need to heat water while away from home for extended periods or on vacation?
- Wrap Your Heater: Ask your plumbing contractor about insulating your water heater with an additional water heater blanket. An extra layer of protection will slow down energy loss even further, cutting back on the appliances’ energy use. You should also consider insulating any exterior hot water lines and the first few feet connected to the water heater.
- Reduce Bathing Use: A nice, hot bath at the end of a long workday is very relaxing. However, if your goal is to conserve energy and reduce water use, try utilizing shorter showers. Limit your time in the shower to five minutes or less. If you require more time due to shaving, shampooing or lathering up, try turning off the water in between tasks. Ask your plumber to install Low-flow Showerheads that conserve water use, including hot water. Many incorporate a handy button that allows you to shut off the water without changing the temperature settings on the main control.
- Use Household Appliances Responsibly: Wash your laundry in cold water whenever possible and always during the rinse cycle. Always wash only full loads in both your washing machine and your dishwasher to reduce energy consumption and reduce your water heating bill.
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