Is Hot Water Draining Your Budget?

Is Hot Water Draining Your Budget?

Water heating is more than just a drop in the bucket when it comes to your energy bill. It accounts for nearly 20 percent of the energy costs in a typical home. By finding ways to reduce or be more efficient with the hot water you use, you can keep your energy dollars from going down the drain.

No-cost tips you can do yourself

Here are five easy ways to conserve hot water:

  1. Lower the temperature of your hot water heater. Turn the thermostat on your water heater down from 140°F to 120°F. You can reduce your water heating costs by 6 to 10 percent.
  2. Take showers, not baths. Showers use less water than baths. Consider using a timer or a short, 10-minute playlist. Challenge yourself and others to finish before the music does.
  3. Avoid hand-washing dishes in hot running water. It adds to your energy costs. Fill the sink halfway, and then scrub away.
  4. Wash clothes in cold water. Today's detergents work well in cold water, saving about 90 percent of the energy your washing machine would use to heat water.
  5. Run a full load. Operating your dishwasher or clothes washer when they are partly loaded wastes energy. Wait until you have a full load before flipping the switch.