Water Heating

There are four primary ways to cut your water heating bills: use less hot water; turn down the thermostat on your water heater; insulate your water heater and pipes; or buy a new, more efficient model.

You can take steps to use less hot water and improve the efficiency of your existing water heating system.

  • If your hot water tank is warm to the touch, consider insulating it.
  • Consider insulating your hot water pipes. Doing so can reduce heat loss, allow you lower the temperature setting.
  • Lower the thermostat on your water heater to 120 degrees.
  • If you find yourself waiting for the water in your shower to get hot, consider installing a new shower head that has a temperature-sensitive switch that turns off the water when hot. When you step into the shower, you flick a switch on the shower head that restarts the hot water flow.
  • Take short showers instead of baths.
  • Repair leaky faucets promptly. A leaky faucet wastes gallons of water in a short period of time.
  • Wash only full loads of dishes.
  • Wash only full loads of clothes in cold water.
  • Run your garbage disposal with cold water.

Show All Answers

1. Winter Savings Tips
2. Summer Savings Tips
3. Air Leaks & Insulation
4. Fans
5. Filters
6. Lighting
7. Thermostats
8. Unplug
9. Water Heating
10. Windows