Save on Your Water Heating Bill
When we were children, we only thought about things concerning our studies and most of the time, we only thought of ways on how to have fun. However, by the time we finish our studies and go out to the world of adults, get a job and try to be independent, we come to realize that there are many things that we have to be responsible about at home.
One of the most common things that we usually encounter as a problem is the problem of household bills – for electricity, for water, for the telephone, etc. Of course, the amount of the bills you have to pay each month may vary as it may go up if the consumption within the household is high, or it may go down if the consumption is low. While you cannot control how much these utility companies charge you, you can actually control the way how you and your family uses them.
For instance, if you and your family are fond of using the water heater at home, then there are actually easy ways on how you can save on your water heating bill:
1. Consider taking short showers instead of long baths. These daily activities in the household can actually be controlled, and the extent of taking a bath depends on you and your family’s bathing habits. If you are someone who likes to have a long hot shower, you may be using a lot more hot water than you think. Moreover, if you have a bathtub that is very huge, then you will really be using a whole lot of hot water in order to fill that tub for you to bathe on. Of course, a warm bath feels like a luxurious and relaxing thing for you, but if you want to save up, you need to stick with a short shower. It is even better if you can turn off the shower while you are using soap, shampoo or even while shaving.
2. Try to minimize the time spent in the shower. Lots of people take too long in the shower simply because they feel it is too cold to get out of it. If you are one of them, you can actually try keeping the bathroom door closed which will keep the air inside warm and prevent the sudden entrance of a cold draft. Also, why not place a towel holder and keep a big and fluffy towel close by whenever you take a bath.
3. Make it a habit to never let the water run. A lot of people are guilty of leaving the water on while they brush their teeth, or they tend to step away for a while to grab some dirty dishes, or they take their time lathering soap on their hands. It may seem like it is no big deal to keep the water running just for a few seconds, but if you do this constantly, you are actually adding them up, which results to a whole lot of water that is sadly wasted. It is very easy to shut it off and it only takes a second, so you should never let your water run if you want to save on your bill.
4. Do lower the temperature on your water heater unit to 120°F. Did you know that for every 10°F decrease in temperature, you can save as much as 3% to 5% on your water heating costs?
5. Fix obvious leaks. Leaks are one of the most common reasons why your water bill suddenly shoots up. A leak of about 1 drip per second can cost you $1 per month. This may seem like a small amount to you, but look at it this way: at 60 drips per minute, 8.64 gallons of water is wasted each day, which becomes 259 gallons per month, and then it will be about 3,153 gallons of water per year. This is actually a whole lot of clean water being wasted and this will only be prevented if the leaks are fixed.
6. As much as possible, use only cold water for most of your laundry loads, and make it a habit to use cold water always for the rinse cycle.
7. Use your dishwasher as efficiently as possible. Do wash only in full loads, select the shorter wash cycle options, and turn on the booster heater if your dishwasher unit possesses one.
8. You should install heat traps on your water heater tank. By doing this, you can actually save up to $15 to $40 on your water heating bill. You might need to hire a professional to help you install them on your water heater tank, but there are some modern storage water heater units nowadays that include heat traps in them.
9. You should install low-flow fixtures. Federal rules and regulations require homeowners who have water heaters to get new showerheads and faucets that have low-flow rates. This is because showerheads and faucets made before 1992 use more than twice as much water as the new ones. If you do this, you can actually obtain water savings of about 25% to 60%.
10. You should insulate the first couple of feet of the hot and cold water pipes attached to the water heater.
11. You should insulate your storage water heater tank. If you have an electric tank, take care not to cover the thermostat. If you have a natural gas or oil storage water tanks, take care not to cover the water heater’s bottom, top, thermostat or burner compartment.
12. You should install a timer which turns off your electric water heater at nighttime or during times when you do not use it. You can also use the timer to turn off the water heater during its peak demand times.
13. You can consider buying a new water heater. Nobody ever says that you can only just have one water heater at home. You can have both conventional storage water heaters and tankless water heaters at the same time in your home.