If you want to cut down on your electric and water bill, one of the best ways to do that is by paying closer attention to how you use your water heater. Start by lowering the temperature of your hot water heater, cutting down on the amount of hot water you use, and insulating your pipes to keep the water warmer as it travels throughout your home.
Lower The Temperatures
The hotter you have your water heater set, the more energy that your system is going to use. You really don't need your water heater on one of the highest settings. To start with, you are more likely to scold yourself when your water heater is set too high, and you are going to be wasting a lot of energy keeping your water heater too hot.
Start by lowering your water heater's temperature. Do not lower it too drastically at once. Lower it a little bit and see how it feels after a day. Then, lower it again. Waiting a day in between each lower will ensure that the water has actually changed temperatures and you are getting an accurate read on the current temperature that your water heater is able to maintain.
Cut Down On Hot Water Usage
You probably don't need to use as much hot water as you are now. Cutting down on your hot water is a great way to reduce your water heater costs. In your shower, install a low-flow showerhead and put an hourglass in your shower so you can time your showers and reduce the time you spend in your shower. Install aerators in all of your faucets so you use less water. Use cold or warm water when washing your clothes, and save hot water for items that you need to sanitize, such as undergarments and towels.
Insulate Your Hot Water Pipes
Next, you should keep all of the pipes that deliver hot water throughout your house insulated. Insulating your pipes will keep the water warm as it moves through your system, meaning that you will not have to turn your water up as high to get hot water. Insulating your pipes will also mean that hot water will get to you faster, reducing your overall use of water.
You can easily purchase self-sealing sleeves that slip over your pipes. Start with the pipes that you can easily access under your sink and in your basement. If you have the ability, then insulate the pipes in your crawl space. If not, just insulating the pipes that you can get to the easiest will be beneficial.
If your water heater is older and you need a new one, contact a plumber for professional water heater installation.