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10 Ways to Save on Your Hot Water Bill This Winter
When snow is on the ground and the temperature is showing single digits, there are few things more enjoyable than taking a hot shower. But unfortunately, you may end up paying (literally) for that luxury at the end of the month.
With the average water heater accounting for roughly 12% of your utility bill, many homeowners are in search of ways to lower that number, year round. Though it may feel nice for a little while, skip the long shower and take advantage of these other money and energy saving tips.
1. Check the Water Heater
Have your appliance checked yearly to keep it in top-notch condition. You may even want to replace an inefficient model with an energy efficient one.
2. Drain the Debris
To make your heater work effectively, drain the sediment from the bottom of your heater at least once a year.
3. Wrap Water Pipes
Companies offer different styles of products including foam pipe covers and insulating tape. If the outside of your water heater is warm, you should wrap your heater. Buy the proper type for your heater and follow the directions carefully.
4. Use a Dishwasher
We’ve got good news for whoever’s in charge of clearing the tables — a full dishwasher uses less water than handwashing.
5. Upgrade Your Appliances
Newer dishwashers and clothes washers use less water. It may be cost-effective to upgrade your appliances.
6. Don’t Pre-Rinse Your Dishes
If your dishes really need to be cleaned off before going in the dishwasher, use a napkin or fork to scrape leftover food into the garbage. Not only will this help save water, but it will prevent food from getting stuck in your drain.
7. Lower Your Laundry Hot Water Usage
Newer washers use less water than older machines. Using detergent formulated for cold water reduces the water heating costs.
8. Shower Quicker
Play a five-minute song while showering and stop the shower when the song ends. This can save over $100 a year.
9. Reduce the Flow
To reduce your overall water bill, low-flow showerheads and faucet nozzles are more efficient than the older ones.
10. Use a Timer
If you spend hours away from home or do not need hot water in the night, consider putting a timer on your water heater.
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