Practical Tips for Saving on Water Heating Costs

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Did you know that water heating expenses in our homes account for 20-30 percent of our annual residential energy costs?  And even if you can afford to pay the bills, you must also consider whether you can afford, in the name of environmental protection and conservation, the waste water costs that come with it.

When we take appropriate measures to lower our heating expenses and waste water costs, we are taking the right steps towards energy and water sustainability.  You need not even worry about sacrificing your comfort and convenience when you do so, not with these practical tips.

Water Heaters

One of the best ways to conserve water heating costs is, obviously, to start with the right water heater.  You should ask professionals to explain the concepts of the Energy Guide and the Energy Factor labels so that you can make an informed decision.  Also, it helps to know about the least expensive energy in your area that will power your water heater – electric, propane or gas.  For example, in California, it is often less expensive to purchase a gas-powered water heater.

Once you have chosen the best water heater for your needs, you must adopt other energy saving measures.  These include wrapping it with an insulation blanket, setting its thermostat to 120 degrees Fahrenheit and turning it off when you don’t need it for at least 3 days.

Personal Hygiene

We are a society so intent on killing germs and bacteria residing on our bodies that we are willing to sacrifice Earth’s greater good in doing so.  Well, let this not happen in your home.  For one thing, you can adopt eco-friendly personal hygiene habits in taking baths and in washing your hands.

Instead of bathing in a tub full of water, try taking a shower when and where possible because it uses half the amount of water.  Also, you can install high-performance and low-flow faucets and shower heads, which are incredibly cheap to purchase and install but provide for long-term benefits.

As for washing your hands, face, and teeth, you ought to use cold water.  It works just fine for these personal hygiene activities, with the additional benefit that scalding will not be an issue.

Clothes Washing

If you are in the market for a clothes washer, go for the horizontal-axis model since it saves on one-thirds on water and energy costs.  And while using it, you should place just the right amount of clothes load, utilize the cold wash/rinse settings, and pre-soak the clothes for about 15 minutes so as to loosen the dirt.

Kitchen Use

For the kitchen, purchase a dishwasher that has built-in water heater or one that has the equivalent of an energy-saver mode.  However, if you already have a dishwasher, then only use it when it is full.  If you must wash a glass, do so on the kitchen sink.

Don’t forget to use cold water while preparing and cooking food.  It will not affect the quality of the food, not to mention that hot water can often lead to the introduction of heat to fruits and vegetables that are best eaten raw for maximum nutrients.

When you put your mind to it, the ways to save on water and heating costs are many.  Start with your home, start with yourself.

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