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6 Tips to Save on Water-Heating Costs

September, 16th, 2011

Looking for ways to save a few dollars on your gas or electric bill? Check out these tips on ways to cut your water-heating costs.

  1. Repair your leaky faucets promptly; a leaky faucet will waste gallons of water in only a short period of time.
  2. Buy a new energy saving water heater. It may cost more initially than a standard water heater, but the energy savings will continue throughout the lifetime of the appliance. Have you considered a tankless water heater. Watch this video to learn more about how they work – Tankless water heater video.
  3. Although most water heaters last 10-15 years, it’s a good idea to start shopping for a new one if yours is more than 7 years old.
  4. Install non-aerating low-flow faucets and showerheads throughout your home.
  5. Shower more than you bathe. Bathing uses the most hot water in the average household. You use 15-25 gallons of hot water every time you take a bath, but less than 10 gallons are used for a 5-minute shower.
  6. Lower the thermostat on your water heater. Today’s newer water heaters come from the factory with temperature settings around 120°F. This temperature will provide comfortable hot water for most uses. An older water heater or one that has been improperly maintained may have a temperture setting above 120°F. A higher temperature setting wastes energy and can be dangerous for small children.
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