There is nothing better than a hot shower after a long day, especially during the winter! However, if you notice your home’s energy costs are creeping up, your hot water energy consumption might be to blame.
You do not have to sacrifice the temperature of your water to save on energy bills. In fact, lowering the temperature of the water in your hot water heater’s tank by too much is a recipe for harmful bacteria growth. Read on for a few helpful tips on reducing your hot water energy consumption.
Take shorter showers
The most basic way to use less energy for hot water is to use less water overall. Most people take longer showers than necessary. Even reducing your time in the shower by just a few minutes can save you money in the long run!
Turn off water
Speaking of reducing the amount of time for running water, the old water-saving advice of turning off the faucet while soaping your hands and brushing your teeth is actually a great way to save on monthly costs. Not only will you save energy used for hot water, but you will also lower your overall water consumption.
Lower the temperature of water at faucets
It might not be a good idea to set your water heater tank temperature too low, but water coming out of your shower and faucets is easily controlled. You do not have to take ice-cold showers to save on energy costs. A slightly cooler temperature is more than enough to reduce your hot water energy consumption.
Use your dishwasher
Reap the benefits of germ-killing and grease-removing heat without using a large amount of energy. Dishwashers use less water per full load than continuous running water used to do the same load by hand. If you don’t have a dishwasher, try filling your sink with soapy water as opposed to letting the water continuously run. You will get those dishes clean without excessive amounts of water pouring down the drain.
Wash clothes in cold water
With the right detergents, you can get clean clothes while using little to no hot water. Some items need to be washed in hot water, but for everything else, try using cold water and watch your energy bill go down.
Install a high-efficiency water heater
Most of the tips mentioned above are directly related to everyday habits. However, nothing is more effective than upgrading to a high-efficiency water heater. Not only will this investment save you money in the long run, but you will also save on energy consumption without having to make changes to your daily routine.
If you have questions on any of the tips listed above or would like to discuss options for upgrading to a high-efficiency water heater, give us a call or schedule service online.