Ways to reduce your water heater’s energy consumption
Everyone wants to save money, especially when it comes to the costs of running your home. It can be an endless effort to keep your energy bills down, but one way to help reduce your energy bill is by reducing the energy used by your water heater.
By following some simple steps and making minor changes in your home, you can reduce the amount energy your water heater uses, and significantly cut your energy bill. Here are some simple ways to reduce your water heater’s energy consumption:
Change Fixtures to Low-Flows: Showerheads and faucets can disperse a lot of water in a short period of time. Many times it’s wasted water due to the velocity and output rate. One tip is to change your showerheads and faucet aerators. Showerheads should have a flow of 2.5 gpm (gallons per minute), while faucet aerators should flow at a rate of 1.0 gpm. One way to know is; fixtures in homes dated 1992 and before were typically not energy efficient. If you know your fixtures pre-date 1992, you’ll probably want to replace them.
Repair Leaks: Dripping faucets, showerheads and other leaks can add up. It’s worth it to fix the leaks around your home.
Washing Machines: Large capacity washing machines, as well as older machines are not energy efficient. A couple of tips to help you lower your water consumption is to purchase new, energy efficient machine. Smaller capacity machines use less water, and washing loads of clothes on warm or cold will also reduce what you spend on water.
Dishwasher: If you have been under the impression that washing dishes by hand will cut your heated water use, that is a misconception. Especially if you wash by hand multiple times a day. Washing your dishes in a full-capacity, energy efficient dishwasher is another way you can save. Keep in mind you should only run it when it is full.
Water Heater: How hot do you have your water heater set to? Although water heaters are typically pre-set to 140 degrees, you will lower your bill from 3% to 5% for every 10 degrees you turn the temperature down. At 120 degrees, you will have enough hot water for the things you need, plus prevent mineral build-up in the pipes.
Is the water heater in your Arlington home in need of maintenance? Call The Plumbing Dr. at (703) 525-9280 and schedule a service call today!