Energy Saving Tips for the Home – Hot Water
In many Colorado homes, heating water is the second largest category of energy use. Following these tips can help you reduce your water heating expenses:
- Repair leaky faucets.
- If your dishwasher has a booster heater, reduce the temperature setting of your water heater to 120 degrees F (which is the medium setting on a gas heater dial).
- If you have an electric water heater, turn off the electricity at the circuit breaker; then adjust both the upper and lower thermostats.
- Add an insulating wrap to an older electric water heater. Consult a professional about wrapping a gas water heater.
- Install high efficiency low-flow showerheads.
- Wash clothes in cold water, except for special loads such as diapers and stained clothes, and use the appropriate water setting for the load.
- When it’s time, replace your water heater with an efficient Energy Star model.
For more information, see:
Easy and Inexpensive Home Energy Ideas – CSU Extension
Energy Checklist for Homeowners – CSU Extension
Energy Checklist for Renters – CSU Extension
Energy Conservation in the Home – CSU Extension
Updated Tuesday, July 22, 2014