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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
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