Hot Water has dual costs. Water, electricity, gas are all separate utilities. And when you use hot water you are paying for the water and for the heat. Energy is lost even when no hot water is being used, because heat is escaping from the hot water heater.
Every time you wash your hands, run the dishwasher/washing machine, or take a shower, hot water is pulled from your heater tank, and replaced with new water that must be heated to the appropriate temperature.
Here are 3 water strategies to help lower your utility bill:
1. Use less hot water
- Take shorter showers
- Wash clothes on cold
- Only run dishwasher when full (and check if your dishwasher has an energy saving mode)
- Use cold water over hot when possible (ie. rinsing off toothbrush)
2. Reduce temperature of water heater to 120 F.
3. Insulate your hot water heater with a hot water heater blanket → decrease heat loss and increase energy savings
By: Kate Friedheim