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Water Heating Efficiency

Graphic of a water heaterWater heaters keep water at a certain temperature, so that it’s ready for use. Without proper maintenance, you could be wasting energy dollars. Water heating can contribute as much as 12 percent of your energy bill. 
 

These tips will help you reduce the cost of water heating. 
 

  • Set the thermostat to 120 degrees. 
     
  • Perform appropriate maintenance, including draining, testing the pressure valve, and checking the temperature.
     
  • Install low-flow faucets and shower heads.
     
  • Do not let the water continue to run when you are brushing your teeth, washing your hands, or doing the dishes. Make it a habit to turn off the water when you are not using it.
     
  • Do full loads in your dishwasher.
     
  • Wash your laundry in cold water.
     
  • Fix leaks and drips in faucets, shower heads, and pipes.
     
  • If you are away from the home for three days or more, turn down the water heater’s thermostat to the lowest setting or completely turn off the water heater.
     
  • If your tank is warm to the touch, it could use additional insulation. 
     
  • Insulate exposed hot water lines. 
     
  • When it is time to replace old or broken dishwashers, washing machines, and water heaters, consider purchasing Energy Star rated appliances, which cost less to operate. 

 

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