Winter is finally in full swing, which means you can expect higher water heating bills. However, there are several things you can to significantly lower your water heating bill, especially if you get everyone in the family on board.
Did you know that heating your home’s water accounts for the second-largest bill for many American families? In order to help reduce this cost, follow a few of these helpful energy-saving tips:
Tip 1 – Shorter Showers for All
This is where family cooperation really comes into play, so it’s important that everyone in your household understands the needs and benefits of conservation. And it’s especially tempting to take a long, hot shower, especially when the temperatures outside are bitter cold. You may not realize it, but the water is pumping through your system at approximately two gallons per minute, and it all needs to be heated first. Encourage everyone to keep the shower time to a minimum and instead pile on the towels and blankets afterward.
Tip 2 – Add Insulation
This is an effective and affordable way to make your water heater more efficient. Simply add a bit of insulation around your water heater tank. This will help to prevent the water from cooling off and lessen the need for re-heating.
Tip 3 – Lower the Temperature
Although it’s true that many water heating units can be turned up as high as 140 degrees, the Department of Energy recommends that you keep your unit somewhere around the 120 mark. A lower temperature has numerous benefits including lower bills and avoiding dangerous scalding accidents involving kids.
Tip 4 – Buy a New Water Heater
Energy Star certified water heaters offer higher efficiency levels and can contribute greatly to lowering your heating bills if you are willing to make the investment. There are multiple options available that could help decrease your bill even more, including solar-powered and tankless units.
If you’d like more information or ideas on how to lower your water heating costs during any time of the year, contact Action Plumbing today to speak with one of the experts.