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Category:  Utilities

 Water Heater Savings

 

By Nikki Willhite

www.allthingsfrugal.com


 

With a lot of us facing higher energy costs, I thought an article about saving money on hot water would be timely. Our water heaters can be a significant part of the cost of our electricity. There are many things we can do to lower our bills.
 
HERE ARE SOME IDEAS
 
Faucets and showers
 
Fix those dripping faucets! Turn the faucet off when you are not using the water even though you are still standing there and will be using it again- such as when you brush your teeth or shaving.
 
Showers cost less than baths. Even so, keep them short.
 
You will also use less water if you install energy efficient shower heads. Most of these shower heads advertise at least a 30 percent savings in water.
 
Dishwashers and Washing Machines
 
Always run your dishwasher full, or you are wasting a lot of money.
 
Depending where you live, it may be more economical to run it during non-peak hours, or in the evening.
 
It is more economical to air dry your dishes. However, dying them with heat sterilizes them. Use your best judgment.
 
The same is true with your washing machine. Always run it full. Like your dishwasher, the biggest expense in running it is heating the water.
 
Turn down the Temperature on your water heater.
 
Turning down the temperature on your water heater not only saves money, but it can prevent accidents. Many people have accidently scorched themselves in the bath or shower.
 
It is suggested that you do not set your heater higher than 120 degrees F. You will save about 4% of your energy cost for each 10 degrees you lower your thermostat.
 
When you go on vacation, check to see if your water heater has a "vacation setting".
Water is a resource. Use it wisely.

 

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