As fall rolls in and the weather cools down, a hot and steamy shower can feel like heaven. But all that hot water comes at a cost. According to ENERGY STAR®, water heaters are the second-highest source of energy usage in a home. Accounting for 18% of your home’s energy use, reducing hot water usage and participating in energy-efficient strategies can make a significant impact on your next energy bill.
Instead of pouring your money down the drain, consider these simple water heating tips:
Choose ENERGY STAR®
An ENERGY STAR®-certified gas storage water heater can use 50% less energy than other water heaters. A typical family of four can save over $3,500 in energy costs during a water heater’s lifespan by making the switch to an ENERGY STAR®-certified high-efficiency electric storage water heater (HPWH).
Set Your Own Temperature
During installation, a water heater is routinely set to roughly 140 degrees Fahrenheit. This not only raises your energy bill but can also pose serious safety hazards like scalding. Instead, lowering the thermostat to 120 degrees Fahrenheit can help you save 3% to 5% on your water heating costs and is still considered safe to use for those without immune system or chronic respiratory disease.
Insulating the first six feet of the hot and cold water pipes can help prevent hot water from losing heat to outside elements. As a result, the water heater uses less energy to maintain the set temperature. Insulating pipes can also help prevent them from freezing and bursting during the winter season. It’s a win-win!
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