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 Water Heater Savings


by Nikki Willhite

Our water heaters can be a significant part of the cost of our utility bills. If you have a tankless water heater, this will not be the case, as they are very efficient.  Here are some tips for the rest of us to save on both water usage and using hot water.
Faucets and showers
- Fix those dripping faucets.  Turn the faucet off when you are not using the water when you are brushing your teeth or shaving.  
- Showers cost less than baths. Even so, keep them short.
- You will also use less water if you install low flow shower heads. Most of these shower heads advertise at least a 30 percent savings of water.
Dishwashers and Washing Machines
- Always run your dishwasher full.  Most of the cost of running the dishwasher comes from heating up the water. 
- Depending where you live, it may be more economical to run your dishwasher  during non-peak hours, or in the evening.
 - It is more economical to air dry your dishes. However, dying them with heat will sterilize them.
- Wash full loads. Like your dishwasher, the biggest expense running the washer is heating the water.
Water Heaters
- Turn down the temperature on your water heater. Turning down the temperature on your water heater not only saves money, but it can prevent accidents. Many people have accidently scorched themselves in the bath or shower.
- It is suggested that you do not set your heater higher than 120 degrees F. You will save about 4% of your energy cost for each 10 degrees you lower your thermostat.
- Wrap your water heater with an insulating hot water heater blanket if it is an older model.  The new ones have enough insulation inside.
- When you go on vacation, check to see if your water heater has a vacation setting.
About the Author: Nikki Willhite, mother of 3 and an interior design graduate, has been writing and publishing articles on the topic of frugal living for over a decade. Visit her at - where you will find hundreds of frugal living tips and articles. Frugal Happy Families- more than just money! 



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