You may not realize it, but 25 cents of the average household’s energy dollar goes to heat hot water, even in warmer climates like Orlando’s. Saving even a small amount of hot water can make a big impact on your family’s budget.
The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that approximately 20 gallons of water are used each time you take a shower, and even more when you take a bath. In addition, each load of laundry uses about 32 gallons. If you’re interested in reducing this usage, here are some tips:
- Fix faucet leaks: Even a small leak can add up to big money on your water bill, and on your energy bill if it’s hot water.
- Install low-flow fixtures: This quick fix is something most homeowners can do themselves. New low-flow shower heads use 25 to 60 percent less water than traditional shower heads.
- Lower the temperature on your water heater: Reducing the temperature on your water heater by just 10 degrees will save an average homeowner between 3 and 5 percent on their energy bill. Manufacturers typically set the water tank thermostat at 140 degrees, even though 120 degrees is usually hot enough.
- Insulate your tank: If your water tank is located in an unheated area, wrap it in insulation. This inexpensive, easy fix helps keep the water in the tank warm for a longer period of time, saving you money.
- Install a timer on your tank: Traditional hot water tanks are designed to have hot water available 24/7, even when you’re at work or asleep. For less than you’d pay for a restaurant dinner for two, you can install a timer on your water heater, so that it’s only operating during the times you need hot water — not all day and all night.
Having ample hot water doesn’t have to break your budget. With a little vigilance, most families can save hot water and money.
If you’d like more information about water heaters, contact the friendly experts at Rinaldi’s Air Conditioning in Orlando.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about hot water savings and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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