5 Ways To Save On Your Water Bills
Every month, a significant part of your income goes out to pay your utility bill. And while the efficiency of your furnace and air conditioner may be the largest factor in determining how large that bill will be, another culprit is hiding in a closet: your water heater.
According to Energy.gov, heating your water accounts for about 18 percent of your energy bills each month. That means if you can make that process more energy efficient, you’ll save in the long run. How do you do that?
Check the temperature setting
When was the last time you checked the thermostat on your water heater to see what temperature it’s set at? If it’s higher than 120 degrees, turn it down. The 120 degree level is more than adequate for most households, and lowering the temperature can create a safer environment, especially if you have kids or elderly family members. For every 10 degrees you turn it down, you can save as much as 5 percent on your energy bills.
Fix your leaks
If you’ve ever stayed awake all night because of the drip-drip-drip in your bathroom, it’s probably migrated to the top of your to-do list. But some leaks aren’t as prominent, and therefore get little attention. Regularly check all connections and faucets throughout your home and ensure drips and leaks aren’t costing you money.
Change all appliances to low-flow
Homeowners often switch out old toilets and install low-flow to help save money. That’s a good start. But what about the other fixtures throughout your home? It’s time to replace the kitchen and bathroom faucets too. And don’t forget the showerheads; if you still have one from 1992 and prior, replacing it can help you reduce water usage by as much as 50 percent.
Use less hot water
If you take a look at your water usage, you can always find ways to cut back. Instead of running the dishwasher every night after dinner, wait until it’s full. Wash your clothes in cold water instead of hot. And if you are going to use hot water, be sure the machine is full. You can even set a timer to ensure you and your family take shorter showers.
Depending on where your water heater is, you could be spending a lot of money keeping your water heater warm. New water heaters are well insulated, so that they won’t lose heat. But older water heaters might not have the same properties. Check the R-value of your water heater; it’s in your owner’s manual. If it’s less than an R-24, an insulation blanket could help you save money. If you aren’t sure, we’re happy to take a look. We can also do a thorough check of your old water heater to ensure it’s in good working condition, and isn’t leaking or malfunctioning.