How Can I Save Energy With My Water Heater?

164113412Around 12 percent of an average family home’s utility bill is used for water heating. This is a huge chunk compared to the amount it takes to heat and cool spaces. If you are concerned about the amount of money you spend on water heating, then this is the article for you. Here are some tips on how you can save energy with your water heater.

Short Showers

The amount you pay for water heating will mostly depend on your family’s habits. While a warm bath will help you unwind after a long busy day, to save money on water heating, it would be better to take shorter showers. To save even more money on water heating, make a habit of turning off the water when shaving, shampooing or soaping up.

Turn Off the Water

Like many people, you probably leave the water running when performing tasks such as brushing your teeth or when grabbing dirty dishes from a different part of the room. Such activities waste both water and energy. It doesn’t require a lot of effort or time to turn off the water and turn it back on when you are actually using it.

Fix Leaks

A small leak dripping one drop of water per second may not seem like much to most people. However, when you do the math, you’ll realize just how much water goes to waste when leaks are not fixed. Small leaks can waste up to 3,155 gallons of water every year, costing you more on both water and energy bills.

Invest in Newer Low-flow Fixtures for Energy Savings

Faucets and shower heads pre-dating 1992 are not as efficient as the newer ones and will waste a lot of water. Federal regulations demand that all new fixtures have low flow rate, which ensure less water is wasted.

Invest in Timers

You can install timers which will turn off the water heater when it is not in use. For instance, you can set the timer to shut down the water heater at night or during times when you are out of the house. Follow us for more articles that will keep your plumbing, heating and cooling systems running efficiently.