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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 Wednesday, January 08, 2014